NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers a range of approaches at a population level to prevent children and young people aged under 18 years from becoming overweight or obese. It includes interventions for lifestyle weight management. These statements are particularly relevant to local authorities, NHS organisations, schools and providers of lifestyle weight management programmes.

The standard does not cover the clinical assessment and clinical management of obesity in children and young people, nor does it cover the prevention, assessment or management of obesity in adults. These topics will be covered by separate quality standards.

This standard does not cover encouraging physical activity in people in contact with the NHS, including staff, patients and carers. This is covered in NICE quality standard 84 (Physical activity: encouraging activity in all people in contact with the NHS [2015]).

For more information see the obesity: prevention and lifestyle weight management in children and young people overview.

This quality standard was previously called obesity: prevention and lifestyle weight management in children and young people.