Wiltshire Council is committed to supporting young people to live in an environment that supports healthier lifestyles and whilst many of these challenges we face may take some time to take effect, we hope this page will give you the information you need to make the first step whether it is for yourself as a young person or as a parent for your child.
Children and young people today are growing up in an 'obesogenic' environment, which means they are faced with factors that make it easy to be overweight, such as more access to unhealthy foods and not being physically active. We have takeaways and fast food restaurants open during the day on the walk home from school, as parents we have safety concerns around children playing out in the street and there are more opportunities to sit in front of a TV or a gaming station.
Every council area in England takes part in the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). This involves measuring the height and weight of reception and year 6 children in state maintained schools every year. The results help us understand trends in underweight, healthy weight, overweight and obesity in children. This helps Wiltshire Council, the NHS and other organisations to plan what support might be needed and what kind of services to put in place.
You can calculate a child's body mass index (BMI) using the online calculator. You must enter the date of birth and gender for a child/young person as it is calculated differently to adults.
Up until the age of 18 years old you can use the BMI growth charts to plot your child's BMI using the centiles. If you have any concerns about your child's weight, or for more information, speak to your School Nurse or GP.
For more support on talking to your child about weight issues, see Weight Concern.Close
Children and young people who are overweight or obese are more likely to be overweight as adults. Whilst children are still growing it is a good opportunity to ensure they aren't gaining excess weight, and if they are to try and make healthy lifestyle changes whilst they are young - it is much easier before the habits become ingrained.
Top Tips for healthy weight in children and young people
Most young girls give up participating in sport and physical activity during secondary school. However, research suggest that children whose mothers participate in regular physical activity are more likely to continue with sport. Consider what activities you might want to do together. Children and Young people should be aiming for 60 minutes of physical activity 5 times a week.Close
What support is availble for children and young people?
To get support on achieving your healthy lifestyle goals you may want to seek support from our Health Trainers. The Health trainer team can offer 6 sessions of one-one support for healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing alcohol intake and stopping smoking. They will help to build confidence and motivation to enable you to achieve your goals.