Weight

Identifying unhealthy weight

Identifying unhealthy weight in pre-school children

Module aim:

This module aims to equip practitioners with the skills and knowledge to identify unhealthy weight issues in pre-school children (2-4 years) and explain children’s weight status to parents

Learning objectives

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Explain BMI and how BMI centiles are used to diagnose weight issues in children
  • Use BMI charts to identify whether a child is healthy weight, underweight or overweight
  • Explain sensitively to parents how healthy their child’s weight is in relation to other children of their age and sex
  • Identify factors to consider when determining where and who to refer to (including signs and symptoms of genetic conditions) 

Important note. This module covers specific information to equip professionals to use BMI charts to identify unhealthy weight issues in children aged 2-4 years. The intention is not to train professionals on the routine measurement and monitoring of child growth patterns. Health professionals using growth charts as a routine or occasional part of their role should refer to The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health for further information, training and educational materials.

This module consists of the following sections: