Too early to proclaim the end of the war on childhood obesity

Vidgen, Helen A. (2013) Too early to proclaim the end of the war on childhood obesity. The Conversation.

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Parents winning childhood war on obesity, Australian Bureau of Statistics data reveals, screamed the headline. Sounds like a good news story to make every parent breathe a sigh of relief, but is it really true?

The article in question quoted obesity expert and University of South Australia Professor Tim Olds, who argued that “the media and public health authorities are getting carried away” about childhood obesity.

He pointed to the fact that recent ABS data showed rates of overweight and obesity in children plateaued between 2007/08 and between 2011/12.

But that still means one in four Australian children is overweight or obese; it’s clear we still have a lot of work to do.

As a nutritionist working with parents every day (both in practical obesity programs and in research into reducing this considerable health risk), I was concerned that the article could be taken at face value. Because there’s more, much more, to this story.

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ID Code: 65165
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Keywords: obesity, childhood, children, National Nutrition Survey, prevelance
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (111100) > Public Nutrition Intervention (111104)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Conversation Media Group
Deposited On: 08 Dec 2013 22:59
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2013 04:58

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