This quality standard covers preventing children and young people (under 18) from becoming overweight or obese, including strategies to increase physical activity and promote a healthy diet in the local population. It also covers lifestyle weight management programmes for children and young people who are overweight or obese. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover assessing and managing obesity, specialist management or bariatric (weight loss) surgery, which are covered in NICE’s quality standard for obesity: clinical assessment and management. NICE has also published a quality standard for obesity in adults: prevention and lifestyle weight management programmes.

This quality standard does not cover areas of national policy, such as legislative changes and marketing of high-calorie drink and food products.

Keeping quality standards up to date

We checked this quality standard in 2017 and it is still up to date.

Next review: August 2018.

Quality standard development process

How we develop NICE quality standards