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Advice on weight management for children and teenagers now available

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The Clinical Guidelines for Weight Management in New Zealand Children and Young People have been updated to highlight the importance of sleep and the ongoing need to monitor children’s growth.

For the first time the guidelines recognise the importance of quality sleep for children and young people as an aspect of weight management. Quality sleep is also associated with better emotional regulation and academic achievement.

The guidance sets an expectation for primary care to be regularly monitoring height, weight and growth for all children and young people with advice provided to parents if a child or young person is trending towards excess weight rather than waiting until a child is obese before intervening.

Updating these guidelines is one of the 22 initiatives in the Childhood Obesity Plan launched by the Government in October 2015.

View the Clinical Guidelines for Weight Management in New Zealand Children and Young People.

Tips for improving sleep, healthy eating and being active have also been developed for parents, and also for teenagers.

Some people naturally sleep slightly less or more than the recommended time. It is not just the amount of sleep that is important, but also the quality of that sleep.

Recommended total hours of sleep adapted from the National Sleep Foundation (US).

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