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Healthy Weight

Staying a healthy weight can be challenging whether you’re a child, young person or adult.

Children in the UK are becoming heavier and this has an impact on their health and wellbeing. If you are overweight as a child, you are likely to be overweight as an adult. This increases the risks to your health, including the risks of developing diabetes and heart disease.

Being underweight comes with risks too. It can contribute to a weakened immune system, fragile bones, and a lack of energy.

Your child is always growing and will need a balanced diet to maintain a healthy weight. Children also need to be physically active everyday and limit their screen time.

To help monitor the weight of children in the UK, the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) takes place in schools for children in reception and year 6. 

To see if your child is a healthy weight check out the BMI Calculator on NHS Choices.

 

Things You Can Do To Help

• Live a healthy lifestyle yourself. Parents and carers are role models for their children
• Keep your child active
• Eat a healthy balanced diet
• Reduce daily sugar intake from food and drinks
• Swap sugary snacks for healthy low sugar ones
Reduce time spent in front of the TV, tablets and computers
• Walk, cycle, or scoot to school to increase your child’s activity levels
• Use daily food diaries to keep track of food intake 
• Sign up and join Change4Life. Change4Life has lots of handy tips and you will find lots of activity ideas for families, recipes, food facts and more information about children’s weight 
• Talk to your child about their weight. This can be difficult, but it’s important to chat with them about it in a balanced way. Take a look at this page for some excellent tips about how to approach the subject with your child. *Click Here*

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays. The team includes Healthy Lifestyle Coaches and Champions who can offer support.

If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on 07480635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

If your child is identified as being out of the healthy weight range (underweight or overweight) by the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) you will be contacted by our Healthy Lifestyle Coaches. They will want to learn more about your child’s lifestyle and offer support if it’s needed.

Active Norfolk offers local activities to families and children across Norfolk. By visiting their website you will be able to see sports and local activities that are available locally to where you live: *Click Here*

Community Sports Foundation offer lots of activities and support: *Click Here*

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