Critical design features for establishing a childhood obesity monitoring program in Australia

Lacy, Kathleen, Nichols, Melanie, de Silva, Andrea, Allender, Steven E., Swinburne, Boyd A., Leslie, Eva R., Jones, Laura V. and Kremer, Peter J. 2015, Critical design features for establishing a childhood obesity monitoring program in Australia, Australian journal of primary health, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 369-372, doi: 10.1071/PY15052.

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Title Critical design features for establishing a childhood obesity monitoring program in Australia
Author(s) Lacy, KathleenORCID iD for Lacy, Kathleen
Nichols, MelanieORCID iD for Nichols, Melanie
de Silva, Andrea
Allender, Steven E.ORCID iD for Allender, Steven E.
Swinburne, Boyd A.
Leslie, Eva R.
Jones, Laura V.
Kremer, Peter J.ORCID iD for Kremer, Peter J.
Journal name Australian journal of primary health
Volume number 21
Issue number 4
Start page 369
End page 372
Total pages 4
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic
Publication date 2015-01-01
ISSN 1448-7527
Summary Efforts to combat childhood obesity in Australia are hampered by the lack of quality epidemiological data to routinely monitor the prevalence and distribution of the condition. This paper summarises the literature on issues relevant to childhood obesity monitoring and makes recommendations for implementing a school-based childhood obesity monitoring program in Australia. The primary purpose of such a program would be to collect population-level health data to inform both policy and the development and evaluation of community-based obesity prevention interventions. Recommendations are made for the types of data to be collected, data collection procedures and program management and evaluation. Data from an obesity monitoring program are crucial for directing and informing policies, practices and services, identifying subgroups at greatest risk of obesity and evaluating progress towards meeting obesity-related targets. Such data would also increase the community awareness necessary to foster change.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/PY15052
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
111706 Epidemiology
111712 Health Promotion
11 Medical And Health Sciences
16 Studies In Human Society
17 Psychology And Cognitive Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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