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Fifteen-minute consultation: The child with obesity
  1. Allison Low1,
  2. Sophie Parry-Okeden2,
  3. Elspeth Clare Ferguson1,
  4. Neil Wright1,
  5. Charlotte Jane Elder1,3
  1. 1 Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2 Community Child Health, Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK
  3. 3 Academic Unit of Child Health, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Allison Low, Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield S10 2TH, UK; allison.low{at}nhs.net

Abstract

Obesity is common among children and young people, with potential for significant clinical consequences. The physical and psychological comorbidities associated with childhood obesity persist into adult life, but many children do not have access to tailored obesity services. We present a framework for the identification, assessment and management of childhood obesity by the non-specialist. We also offer strategies to initiate discussions about weight and to communicate effectively with patients living with obesity.

  • endocrinology
  • obesity
  • adolescent health

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  • Contributors AL, SP-O, ECF and NW wrote the manuscript. CJE and NW provided oversight and substantial revisions.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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