As well as the impact on physical health, being overweight or obese may have an impact on a child or young person's emotional wellbeing.
In Fife, support for children and young people's healthy weight is available through NHS Fife's BEST Programme.
It is normal to occasionally use food as a reward or to help you feel better. However, if this is happening regularly or is the only method a child or young person uses to improve their mood, this may become a problem.
More information on emotional overeating is given on the Beat website at: www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/types/emotional-overeating.
If you are a parent or carer, please contact your health visitor, school nurse or GP.
If you are a professional, please contact a health professional.
Overeating is linked to certain eating disorders. The NHS Choices website outlines some signs that might indicate that someone has an eating disorder:
More signs to be aware of, in an educational setting, are outlined by Beat at: www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/recovery-information/worried-about-pupil.
This is when someone regularly eats a large amount of food in one go (a binge), then feels regret or guilt about it.
More information at: www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/types/binge-eating-disorder.
This is when someone regularly binges and then tries to compensate for the food they have eaten (through vomiting, using laxatives, excessive exercise) so they don't put any weight on.
More information at: www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/types/bulimia.
If you are a parent or carer, please contact your GP.
If you are a professional:
CARED Scotland (NHS Lothian) is for parents and carers of young people (aged up to 25) in Scotland who have recently received a diagnosis of an eating disorder, and are about to start or have just started treatment: https://www.caredscotland.co.uk/.