World Health Organisation Europe Child Obesity Management

The Challenge

The aim of this project is to understand the health systems response to the childhood obesity epidemic in the World Health Organisation (WHO) European Region and to identify well-functioning country practices from different stages of management (i.e. from screening and diagnosis to treatment).

In addition, the project aims to capture information about supportive measures, such as the organization and coordination of care or health professionalsā€™ education and training, which may serve as good examples for other countries.

The specific objectives include:

  • Mapping activities regarding management of childhood obesity in the countries of WHO European region both via literature search and via a questionnaire-based survey
  • Describing coverage of activities, providing a narrative overview of what is being done and how the activities are being implemented
  • Identifying promising practices and study them via semi-structured interviews to describe in more detailed case studies; and Paying particular attention to socioeconomic inequalities

TheĀ  Approach

To achieve these goals a mixed-method approach incorporating literature search, questionnaire-based data collection and, in a small group of countries, semi-structured interviews will be used. 

The Impact

The outcomes of this work will be used to inspire policy makers programme managers and health professionals across Europe to improve services relating to childhood obesity. Six countries have been invited to provide a case study for this work, with Leeds Beckett University examining the systems in England.
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