This guideline covers lifestyle weight management services for children and young people aged under 18 who are overweight or obese. It advises how to deliver effective weight management programmes that support children and young people to change their lifestyle and manage their weight.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
- planning and commissioning services
- core components of lifestyle weight management programmes
- developing a tailored plan to meet individual needs
- raising awareness of programmes
- formal referrals to programmes
- encouraging adherence and providing ongoing support
- programme staff: training, knowledge and skills, including training and support in making programme referrals
Who is it for?
- Healthcare professionals and other professionals working with children and young people
- Commissioners and providers
- Children, young people and their families and carers
- Members of the public
Is this guideline up to date?
We checked this guideline in March 2017 and decided to partially update it (see the surveillance decision). Updated recommendations will be included in the NICE guideline on weight management (see the weight management guideline development page).
Guideline development process
The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals and practitioners are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or the people using their service. It is not mandatory to apply the recommendations, and the guideline does not override the responsibility to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual, in consultation with them and their families and carers or guardian.
All problems (adverse events) related to a medicine or medical device used for treatment or in a procedure should be reported to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency using the Yellow Card Scheme.
Local commissioners and providers of healthcare have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual professionals and people using services wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with complying with those duties.
Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.