No single intervention has been proven to halt the rise of obesity levels according to the World Health Organisation. Evidence points to 'whole system' approaches as key to having real impact.
The elements required for this are consideration of the environmental context and of three critical time periods in the life-course: preconception and pregnancy; infancy and early childhood; and older childhood and adolescence.
In addition, the WHO highlights that it is important to treat children who are already obese, for their own wellbeing and that of their future children. We have used this as a starting point when assessing the local landscape of activity addressing childhood obesity.
We want to:
We take a long-term perspective and have planned a programme that will last for over five years. We have completed our search phase to understand the existing evidence around the issue, and are now in the development phase of our programme.
This stage of our programme is helping us explore some of the biggest questions around childhood obesity in our area, as well as test out a few potential solutions.