Childhood Obesity

This topic summary explores the issue of childhood obesity, which is a growing threat to children’s health. For this topic, obesity in children is defined using the UK National Body Mass Index (BMI) classification, which relates to the UK 1990 reference chart for age and gender. Children classified as ‘at risk’ of obesity have a BMI greater than the 95th centile, and those at risk of being overweight, greater than the 85th centile but less than the 95th centile.