Childhood Obesity: From Diagnosis to Treatment

Childhood Obesity: From Diagnosis to Treatment is a six-module learning path developed in partnership with the European Childhood Obesity Group (ECOG).

The course provides a comprehensive overview of how to effectively treat and manage obesity and overweight in children and adolescents. Topics discussed include: the identification of early risk factors; the impact of diet, fitness and psychological issues; comorbidities associated with child and adolescent obesity; and the growing impact of the double burden of malnutrition.

Treatment plans are provided based on the latest scientific research, allowing health professionals treating children with obesity to set realistic and effective goals and objectives. The course is available in English, SpanishPortuguese and French.

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Professional development

Childhood Obesity: From Diagnosis to Treatment is accredited by the EACCME® and the CPD Certification Service.

Learners who pass the course will earn 3 CME credits, 3 CPD credits and 3 SCOPE points which count towards SCOPE Certification.

CME credits awarded by the EACCME® can be converted to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Visit this page for more information.



Childhood Obesity: From Diagnosis to Treatment is available for a standard cost of £50.

If you are a World Obesity member and/or a citizen of a low-or-middle income country as defined by the World Bank, you are entitled to a 50% discount on the fee; simply email us at with evidence of your membership or nationality to receive a discount code.

Authors: Dr Marie-Laure Frelut, Professor Artur Mazur and Dr Elpis Vlachopapadopoulou

This module considers some of the early risk factors of childhood obesity, including links between phenomena that take place during pregnancy and the first two years of a child's life, and evidence that the first two years of life are a strong determinant of later health and obesity risks. The module also discusses how to use anthropometry, including which anthropometric criteria are useful to assess childhood obesity, and how analysis of growth charts can allow several distinct causes of early obesity to be detected.

Authors: Dr Marie-Laure Frelut, Dr Véronique Nègre, Prof. Andrea Vania and Prof. Daniel Weghuber

This course aims to allow a caregiver to consider the range of possibilities that underlie deleterious eating behaviour and food choices in children or adolescents suffering with obesity. It should allow you to distinguish between the various causes that lead to overeating, identify and explain these causes, set realistic goals and long-term objectives, and  know when to ask other specialists, such as psychologists or child psychiatrists, to take care of certain eating disorders.

Authors: Dr. Grace O'Malley, Dr. Susanne Ring-Dimitriou and Dr. David Thivel

This module considers issues around physical fitness in children and adolescents with obesity. It should allow you to: differentiate the concepts of physical activity, inactivity and sedentary behaviours; understand the main recommendations relevant to children and adolescents with obesity; understand the main methods used to assess physical fitness; and better understand the main effects of physical activity interventions on fitness in children with obesity.

Author: Prof. Caroline Braet

This course should allow you to distinguish between various psychological pathways leading to overeating in children and adolescents. It focuses on a range of psychological processes related to obesity, and provides a step-by-step assessment of an individual problem embedded in a family context. This should enable you to make personalised interventions, and to give realistic, tailor-made advice regarding weight and lifestyle changes.

Authors: Dr Margherita Caroli, Dr Éva Erhardt, Dr Anders Forslund and Dr Dénes Molnár

Childhood obesity can cause a number of problems, from difficulties in daily activity to serious health conditions. This course discusses how to identify, treat and manage a number of major complications, including hypertension, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and NAFLD. Disorders of glucose metabolism, quasi-endocrine conditions and common pulmonary and orthopaedic conditions are also discussed.

Authors: Dr Rishi Caleyachetty and Dr Marie-Laure Frelut

This module focuses on two contemporary nutritional problems: under- and overnutrition in children and adolescents. It should allow you to define and measure the double burden of malnutrition among children and adolescents and to understand their causes and geographical distribution among children and adolescents. The module also provides an overview of the common nutritional deficiencies among those suffering from obesity.

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