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Responding to the changing burden of disease for children and adolescents in modern Britain: the RCPCH State of Child Health Report 2017
  1. Russell M Viner1,2,
  2. Emily Kate Arkell2,
  3. Melissa Ashe2,
  4. Melanie Simpson2
  1. 1 Population, Policy and Practice Research Programme, UCL Institute of Child Health, London, UK
  2. 2 Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Russell M Viner; r.viner{at}


The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health published the State of Child Health (SOCH) 2017, summarising the changing burden of disease in UK children and young people (CYP) over the past 20 years. These data show clearly that the three great challenges of our time for CYP are obesity, mental health problems and the impact of poverty and inequality on health. In this review, we summarise key findings from SOCH 2017 and outline key responses the UK must make to improve health and well-being for its CYP.

  • epidemiology
  • health service

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  • Contributors The paper was conceptualised and planned by EKA and RV. The first draft of the paper was written by MA and MS, supervised by EKA. RV and EKA edited the first draft and prepared the final document. EKA and RV guarantee the paper.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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