Assessing and managing children at primary health-care facilities to prevent overweight and obesity in the context of the double burden of malnutrition

Updates for the integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI) – Guideline

by Nigel Rollins, Zita Weise Prinzo, Rajiv Bahl et al.
World Health Organization, 2017

88 pp. 1.0 MB
http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/259133/1/9789241550123-eng.pdf?ua=1

As part of its response to the global epidemic of obesity, WHO has issued guidelines to support primary healthcare workers identify and manage children who are overweight or obese. Specifically, all infants and children aged less than 5 years presenting to primary health-care facilities should have both weight and height measured in order to determine their weight-for-height and their nutritional status according to WHO child growth standards. Comparing a child’s weight with norms for its length/height is an effective way to assess for both wasting and overweight.

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