Sizing them up: how to assess children with overweight or obesity

Margarita Tsiros*, Nikki Milne

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background: Physiotherapists have a window of opportunity to positively influence childhood overweight and obesity. However, a recent survey of Australian physiotherapists indicates a need for upskilling around suitable assessments for this population.Aims/objectives: This session will demonstrate how to undertake and interpret anthropometry assessments used to assess body composition/weight status and cardiorespiratory fitness in children. Other useful assessment tools suitable for this population will also be examined.Approach: This interactive session will use a case study example to explore suitable assessment tools, before demonstrating selected assessments. Written learning materials will be provided to augment visual demonstrations/videos/slides. The session will complement existing e-learning materials available on the Australian Physiotherapy Association Website. Key Practice Points: This session will assist physiotherapists working with children to:-Feel confident in their assessment and interpretation of weight status in children-Understand how to apply a simple field-based measure of cardiorespiratory fitness for children-Enhance their knowledge of other suitable assessments tools for use with overweight or obese children.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017
EventAPA National Physiotherapy Conference MOMENTUM 2017 - Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 19 Oct 201721 Oct 2017


ConferenceAPA National Physiotherapy Conference MOMENTUM 2017
Abbreviated titleAPA
OtherAustralian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Momentum 2017 is organized by Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and would be held during Oct 19 - 21, 2017 at Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The target audience for this medical meeting basically for Physicians.

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