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Raising the issue of Weight

Turnberries, Bath Road, Thornbury
Event Tutors
Sarah Cornell
Admin Contact
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Target Audience
CAH Staff / Childminders / GP's / Health Practitioners / Other / Schools / Social Care Staff / Voluntary Sector Workers
target audience
Event Types
Course (daytime)
Course categories
Children and Young People / Public Health & Wellbeing
Children and Young People subcategories
Children's Social Care / Early Years
Public Health & Wellbeing subcategories
Childhood Obesity / Early Years and School Health / Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
Event description
Overweight children are more likely to have poorer mental and emotional health, with many experiencing teasing and bullying linked to their weight. They may have low self-esteem, be socially isolated and regularly take days off school, resulting in poor attendance. They are also more likely to become obese adults with a higher risk of chronic ill health, disability and premature mortality. As part of a holistic approach to a child’s health and wellbeing, professionals & practitioners in health, education and social care have a responsibility to help families recognise and acknowledge the importance of a healthy weight. Like many sensitive subjects, it is often the way in which the issue is talked about rather than the issue itself that causes problems for both practitioner and family. The stigma attached to obesity makes it harder for practitioners and families to talk openly and constructively about it. This course aims to build confidence in raising the issue of weight with families. A brief and appropriate conversation can be an important first step towards positive wellbeing.
Learning outcomes
• To identify the barriers to discussing weight • To use appropriate language • To increase confidence in raising the issue of weight in own setting • To increase awareness on how to support and refer families into a relevant service
Start Date
Wednesday 15 May 2019
End Date
Wednesday 15 May 2019
Closing Date
Tuesday 14 May 2019
09:30 - 12:00
Maximum Places
Number of Sessions
Certificate expiry
Pass/Fail event