Healthy start: Closing the gap on Indigenous childhood obesity

Lee, Amanda & Minniecon, Deanne L. (2014) Healthy start: Closing the gap on Indigenous childhood obesity. The Conversation, July(16).

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We’ve recently seen some encouraging improvements in closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage: better educational outcomes, higher child immunisation rates, more health checks, and a 35% drop in the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous child deaths.

But Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to suffer a much greater burden of ill-health than other Australians. The gap in Indigenous life expectancy at birth remains unacceptably high at 10.6 years for men and 9.5 years for women.

Three-quarters of Indigenous deaths are from potentially avoidable causes. These include preventable conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. A major contributor to these preventable conditions is excess body weight.

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ID Code: 93299
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Indigenous health, obesity, child nutrition
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Conversation Media Group Ltd
Deposited On: 26 Feb 2016 03:34
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2016 01:24

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