Snowballing obesity: Australians will get run over if they just sit there.

Catford, John and Caterson, Ian 2003, Snowballing obesity: Australians will get run over if they just sit there., Medical journal of Australia, vol. 179, no. 11, pp. 577-579.

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Title Snowballing obesity: Australians will get run over if they just sit there.
Author(s) Catford, John
Caterson, Ian
Journal name Medical journal of Australia
Volume number 179
Issue number 11
Start page 577
End page 579
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2003-12
ISSN 0025-729X
1326-5377
Summary * Overweight and obesity are very common in Australian adults (56%) and children (27%). * Rates of overweight and obesity are snowballing and will place greater burdens on health services for the treatment and care of chronic diseases. * Prevention is urgently required from health, social and economic perspectives, but the response to date has been inadequate.
* A long-term, sustained action plan starting with a focus on young people is needed. This should particularly address the “obesogenic” environments causing the epidemic. * Although whole-of-government action is required, support from and involvement by parents, carers, community leaders, healthcare professionals, teachers, childcare workers, urban planners, recreation managers, food manufacturers, employers, advertisers, and communicators is essential. *  The health sector should take the lead, but success will only come from concerted and integrated action across the whole of society. * There are now signs of political commitment to addressing overweight and obesity. Doctors should get behind this and help mobilise community support.

Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 970111
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002252

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Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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