Course Details

This module aims to provide an understanding of the epidemiology, prevention, and management of obesity in the paediatric patient. In addition, provide strategies for the chiropractor to address these issues, with a focus on the special considerations in the chiropractic management of the obese child. Management includes prevention, appropriate forces for manual therapy, and motor pattern rehabilitation.

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    Paediatric Obesity

    • Paediatric Obesity - Module

    • Assessment for the Paediatric Obesity Module

    • Paediatric Obesity Module Notes

    • Paediatric Obesity Module References

Course Learning Outcomes

Paediatric Obesity
– what is the role of chiropractors in this endemic health crisis?

By the completion of this module, the practitioner will be able to:

1. Recognize key risk factors for obesity in children.

2. Understand the preventative factors for obesity, pertinent to chiropractic practice.

3. Understand the anatomical, physiological and mechanical factors which differ in obese children, and apply these concepts to their management.

4. Demonstrate manual therapy strategies, rehabilitation, and basic behavioural approaches appropriate for the case of obese children .

CPD Hours/Points = 1.5



Sue Weber Hellstenius

Sue graduated valedictorian from Western States Chiropractic College (now UWS), Portland, Oregon in 1988. She is a family practitioner with 30 years of clinical experience specializing in the treatment of infants, children and the pregnant patient. She completed the Diplomate in Paediatrics and then the Masters in Chiropractic Paediatrics at AECC/Bournemouth University in 2008. Sue was selected to contribute to establishing international paediatric guidelines for the profession with a consensus group formed by the FCER. She is the chairperson and faculty member of the Paediatric special interest group within the EAC and is on the faculty of the Royal College of Chiropractic. Besides clinical practice, Sue lectures internationally for the post-graduate community. From her extensive education and clinical experience, she composed a comprehensive education in Paediatrics for the Swedish National Chiropractic Association (LKR). Sue was awarded Chiropractor of the Year 2015 for promoting the profession by her work developing the educational program and formulating guidelines for the Paediatric patient. In 2016 Sue was chosen as an expert in Paediatrics to review research for the safety and efficacy of chiropractic care of the infant with colic for the Stockholm Council on Health Technology Assessment. She has published for and been selected by JMPT as a peer reviewer within paediatrics.


Lise Hestbaek

Lise graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1990 from Palmer College of Chiropractic and was a practising chiropractor between 1991-2007. She commenced part-time research at SDU in 1997 and became a full-time researcher and teacher at SDU in 2007. She completed a PhD in 2003 on a thesis about high-risk groups and risk factors for low back pain in children and adolescents. Since 2007 she has been an associate professor at the University of Southern Denmark and senior researcher at the Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics. Her research focuses on lifetime epidemiology of musculoskeletal pain, especially back pain, with a primary interest in children and adolescents. Presently she is involved in school- and preschool cohorts with a public health perspective and RCTs investigating the effect of chiropractic treatment for infantile colic, manipulative therapy for LBP in adolescents and manipulative therapy for chronic headache in children.


Amy Miller

Amy is a full-time researcher and PhD student at Bournemouth University, and her current research is based in the Interprofessional Student-Led Breastfeeding Clinic. She led the team who developed the UK Infant Questionnaire and remains involved in the evolution and application of this tool. In both research and practice, Amy’s primary interest is infant feeding. She is passionate about translating the current evidence base for application in practice, and about the creative provision of patient-centred care.



Aurélie Marchand

Aurélie Marchand is a Lecturer in Clinical Sciences at AECC University College, Framework Lead for the MSc Advanced Professional Practice and Programme Lead for the MSc APP Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health. She obtained a Master in Chiropractic from the AECC in 2006, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Chiropractic Practice in 2007, and a Master in Advanced Chiropractic Paediatric Practice in 2010. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors and the European Academy of Chiropractic. She is the recipient of the 2010 Graham Heale Award. She is completing a Masters in Medical Education. Prior to joining AECC UC, she was in clinical practice for 10 years, and a certified instructor in Fascial Manipulation®. She currently teaches in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education in chiropractic paediatrics. She mentors undergraduate and post-graduate students in their projects and dissertations and oversees interns in the AECC UC paediatric clinic. Aurélie has published in a range of biomedical journals including JMPT, PM&R, and JBMT in the areas of paediatric musculoskeletal health, infant headaches, paediatric safety terminology, and pioneered the model of care for paediatric manipulative therapies in children. She has co-authored articles in Fascial Manipulation on the management of knee pain, hip arthroplasty and chronic low-back pain.