The appropriateness of opt-out consent for monitoring childhood obesity in Australia

Lacy, K., Kremer, P., de Silva-Sanigorski, A., Allender, S., Leslie, E., Jones, L., Fornaro, S. and Swinburn, B. 2012, The appropriateness of opt-out consent for monitoring childhood obesity in Australia, Pediatric obesity, vol. 7, no. 5, pp. e62-e67, doi: 10.1111/j.2047-6310.2012.00076.x.

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Title The appropriateness of opt-out consent for monitoring childhood obesity in Australia
Author(s) Lacy, K.ORCID iD for Lacy, K.
Kremer, P.ORCID iD for Kremer, P.
de Silva-Sanigorski, A.
Allender, S.ORCID iD for Allender, S.
Leslie, E.
Jones, L.
Fornaro, S.
Swinburn, B.
Journal name Pediatric obesity
Volume number 7
Issue number 5
Start page e62
End page e67
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 2047-6302
Keyword(s) anthropometry
parental consent
informed consent
body mass index
Summary Childhood obesity monitoring is a fundamental component of obesity prevention but is poorly done in Australia. Monitoring obesity prevalence in children provides important population health data that can be used to track trends over time, identify areas at greatest risk of obesity, determine the effectiveness of interventions and policies, raise awareness and stimulate action. High participation rates are essential for effective monitoring because these provide more representative data. Passive (‘opt-out’) consent has been shown to provide high participation rates in international childhood obesity monitoring programs and in a recent Australian federal initiative monitoring early child development. A federal initiative structured like existing child development monitoring programs, but with the authority to collect height and weight measurements using opt-out consent, is recommended to monitor rates of childhood obesity in Australia.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.2047-6310.2012.00076.x
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
Socio Economic Objective 920501
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
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