IOPTP - Survey on Childhood Obesity




The WCPT subgroup, the International Organisation of Physical Therapists in Paediatrics (IOPTP), is conducting a survey to explore the involvement of physical therapists in the area of childhood obesity. 


In order to address the challenge of childhood obesity it is essential that all health workers are confident in providing education, support and evidence-based treatment. Physical therapists play a key role in the promotion of health in all individuals regardless of their physical ability, shape or size. 

There is currently no special interest group within the IOPTP, which addresses the epidemic of childhood obesity.

In order to provide a hub for physiotherapists to share knowledge and experience in the area of childhood obesity, members of the IOPTP hope to establish a childhood obesity special interest group.  As part of this process they would like to gather information from physiotherapists around the world regarding their current involvement in the area of childhood obesity.

Please take a few minutes to complete this questionnaire to help inform the work-plan and so that we can share knowledge and expertise.

PLEASE NOTE: the survey closing date has now been extended until May 2016.

Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO)

The Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) presented its final report to World Health Organisation (WHO) in January 2016.

The report proposes a range of recommendations for governments aimed at reversing the rising trend of children aged under 5 years becoming overweight and obese. The full report can be found on the WHO website.

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