The epidemiology of overweight and obesity among Australian children and adolescents, 1995-97

Booth, Michael L., Wake, Melissa, Armstrong, Tim, Chey, Tien, Hesketh, Kylie and Mathur, Sushma 2001, The epidemiology of overweight and obesity among Australian children and adolescents, 1995-97, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 162-169.

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Title The epidemiology of overweight and obesity among Australian children and adolescents, 1995-97
Author(s) Booth, Michael L.
Wake, Melissa
Armstrong, Tim
Chey, Tien
Hesketh, Kylie
Mathur, Sushma
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 25
Issue number 2
Start page 162
End page 169
Publisher Public Health Association of Australia
Place of publication Canberra, ACT
Publication date 2001-04
ISSN 1326-0200
1753-6405
Summary A study attempts to determine the population prevalence of overweight and obesity among Australian children and adolescents, based on measured body mass index (BMI) to determine if overweight and obesity are distributed differentially across the population of young Australians. Data from three independent surveys were analyzed and results indicate that the population prevalence and distribution of overweight, obesity and overweight/obesity combined were 79%-81%, 14%-16%, 5% and 19%-21% (boys) respectively, and 76%-79%, 16%-18%, 5%-6% and 21%-24% (girls). There were no consistent relationships between the prevalence of overweight/obesity and sex, age or SES. It is concluded that some 19%-23% of Australian children and adolescents are either overweight or obese. Only cultural background differential warrant a targeted health promotion response.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Public Health Association of Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009302

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