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PMED5102: Paediatric Nutrition and Obesity

2023 unit information

This unit examines the worldwide status and trends in child and adolescent obesity incorporating a focus on paediatric nutrition It explores the determinants clinical assessment medical complications management and prevention of this important public health problem There is a close integration of epidemiology basic science and best available evidence in management and prevention into clinically based scenarios Our aim is to provide you with a broad knowledge base and ability to apply scientific theory and clinical evidence to the diagnosis and management of obesity in childhood This will include grounding in the complex social cultural and environmental factors contributing to the continuance of childhood obesity throughout the world

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Children's Hospital Westmead Clinical School

Code PMED5102
Academic unit Children's Hospital Westmead Clinical School
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Describe the worldwide epidemiology of childhood overweight and obesity
  • LO2. Summarize and identify the modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for the development of obesity in childhood
  • LO3. Demonstrate selection of methods of measurement of obesity for clinical and research practice
  • LO4. Breakdown nutritional requirements for normal child and adolescent growth
  • LO5. Analyze dietary patterns and behaviours that contribute to childhood overweight and obesity
  • LO6. Identify common nutritional problems encountered in children with overweight or obesity
  • LO7. Incorporate your understanding of the dietary patterns and behaviours contributing to obesity in individuals into management suggestions or dietary plans
  • LO8. Develop a nutritional management plan for the extremely overweight child or adolescent
  • LO9. Categorize the range and mechanisms of complications of child and adolescent obesity according to the major organ systems
  • LO10. Discuss medical, genetic and other conditions associated with or at risk for child and adolescent obesity
  • LO11. Learn to choose and formulate recommended conventional weight management/loss strategies
  • LO12. Integrate your knowledge about the complications of obesityincluding pscyhological impact into your overall assessment and management of the child or adolescent with obesity
  • LO13. Provide clinical advice on the pharmaceutical and surgical management options for children and adolescents with obesity
  • LO14. Critique current evidence for prevention strategies evaluated in the current literature
  • LO15. Recognise potential avenues for prevention of childhood obesity at an individual and population level
  • LO16. Apply your theoretical knowledge about prevention strategies into your own clinical practice
  • LO17. Understand the potential links between obesity, its management and the risk of eating disorders.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2021
Online Westmead, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Distance education/intensive on campus Westmead, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Online Westmead, Sydney

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