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Child obesity and the pandemic effect: how nurses can help

The COVID pandemic has brought reduced activity and an unhealthy diet leading to higher levels of child obesity as well as highlighting health inequalities

The COVID pandemic has brought reduced activity and an unhealthy diet leading to higher levels of child obesity as well as highlighting health inequalities

  • Services in the community to support families and work with children who are overweight have been cut and need to be reprioritised
  • NHS England has responded by announcing 15 new specialist clinics to replicate a popular Bristol service for obese children
  • Nurses working with children should be ready to discuss obesity and have training in motivational interviewing techniques

Melanie Wenn has seen first hand how the pandemic has affected child obesity.

She is a paediatric obesity clinical nurse specialist at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children,

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