Addressing Childhood Overweight & Obesity

Welcome to this module on Addressing Childhood Overweight & Obesity in Primary Care. The purpose of the module is to support General Practitioners in addressing the growing and significant problem of overweight & obesity among Irish children, in line with current guidelines for best practice. Access to the module is restricted to qualified General Practitioners and the website requires registration and an enrolment key which is provided by the ICGP. If you are a member of the public seeking information on Childhood Obesity, please see the link to Safefood:

Module Overview

External CPD Credits: 3
GMS Study Leave: 1/2 day
No. of Lessons: 4 
MCQ Assessment
Certificate of Completion


This eLearning module is divided into 4 key lessons, each comprising a video presentation conveying the core material. Supplementary videos, where non-core material is presented, and relevant printable and downloadable material are also included within most lessons. There is also an MCQ and an Audit template relevant to this topic will be added at a later date.

Development of this module was funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Safefood Ireland.


      The 4 lessons are as follows:
      • Lesson 1: The Problem of Childhood Overweight & Obesity in Ireland 
        This lesson sets the problem of childhood overweight & obesity within the context of a worldwide obesity epidemic among both adults & children, and outlines the major causes and consequences of excess weight in childhood. 
      • Lesson 2: Opportunistic Discussion with Parents
        This lesson addresses the need to support parents in providing a healthy lifestyle for their family, and provides some suggestions around approaching the topic of a child's unhealthy weight.  
      • Lesson 3: Assessing the Weight of a Child 
        This lesson outlines the assessment of a child's weight - including history, measurement, calculating BMI and discussing results with parents, in line with the HSE/ICGP Weight Management Treatment Algorithm for Children. 
      • Lesson 4: Management of Childhood Overweight & Obesity 
        This lesson summarises the 6 key messages that should be conveyed to parents regarding weight management in children, in line with current advice and media campaigns. 
      • MCQ & Record of Completion 
        On completion of a short MCQ a record of completion for 3 CPD credits and GMS study leave will be available.
      • Addressing Overweight and Obesity in Children Audit Template 
        Instructions and template for carrying out a Clinical Audit for Heart Failure is included in this section. 


The Medical Council has defined eight domains of good professional practice. These domains describe a framework of competencies applicable to all doctors across the continuum of professional development from formal medical education and training through to maintenance of professional competence. Since they describe the outcomes which doctors should strive to achieve, doctors should refer to these domains throughout the process of maintaining competence. In order to assist you in planning your professional competence, ICGP eLearning highlight the domains addressed in each module as set out below. 
NOTE: While a number of ICGP modules have a tight focus on one or two domains, most modules endeavour to address all domains to some degree (low, medium, high). This is clearly displayed in the diagram below

The following links are provided to support this eLearning course and to provide you with information for patients. Many are also available within the associated lesson. (Please Note: These are third party links).
Clinician Links
Patient Links
Safefood - Portion Size - VIDEO: Link to video of Dr Claire Mc Evoy on Portion Sizes 
Safefood - Treat Foods - VIDEO: Link to Video of Sarah Keogh on what to give instead of treats
Safefood - Replacing Sugary Drinks - VIDEO: Link to Sarah Keogh advice on giving water:
Last modified: Wednesday, 2 August 2017, 4:09 PM