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Childhood obesity: what can nurses do to balance the scales?

With one in three 10-11 year olds either obese or overweight and England’s recent childhood obesity plan widely attacked as insufficient, Tamsin Newton Snow finds out how nurses are trying to tackle the crisis. 
Childhood obesity

With one in three 10-11 year olds either obese or overweight and England’s recent childhood obesity plan widely attacked as insufficient, Tamsin Newton Snow finds out how nurses are trying to tackle the crisis.

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Yancy Jensen has a tough job. In her new role as a healthy weight specialist nurse in the inner London borough of Southwark, Ms Jensen targets the area’s most overweight primary school children and their families, offering to educate and support them into a healthier lifestyle.

Weight management sessions

Using results from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), Ms Jensen, a registered nutritionist, telephones parents whose children are above the 98th body mass index percentile and offers them a one-to-one weight management session.

'School nurses offer group sessions to all children identified as overweight or

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