The SUPPORT study aims to identify how local health systems can support healthcare professionals to have healthier weight conversations with parents of primary school-age children.
This project is funded by Public Health England.
Healthcare Professionals working in community settings have a role in supporting adults and children with excess weight to change their eating and physical activity behaviours. Previous research suggests that healthcare professionals are reluctant to have conversations with parents about their children achieving a healthier weight. They perceive several barriers to having these conversations, which include: lack of time, confidence and knowledge; fear of damaging their existing patient-professional relationship; difficulty in raising the issue when the parent is consulting for another reason; and lack of information on the weight category that the child falls into.