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Australia: National survey shows children’s weight still a concern

The latest National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey shows that most 2-16 year old Australian children were of a healthy weight, but:

  • 17 percent were overweight, 6 per cent obese and 5 per cent were underweight
  • 69 percent of children met the physical activity guidelines of at least one hour of moderate or vigorous exercise each day
  • the proportion of children meeting the guidelines for fruit and vegetable intake declined with age

Commentators say levels of childhood obesity have remained largely unchanged over the past 10 years.  They are still too high.

Read the key findings of the survey: 2007 Australian National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey – Key Findings

Read the press release, Australian Government and the FIG Council, 3 Oct 2008

Published on October 3, 2008 in Australian news