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Australia: Childhood obesity has stabilised

Childhood obesity in Australia levelled around 1998 and has remained steady ever since, say researchers.  However, obesity is still a massive problem. Nearly a quarter of Australian children are overweight or obese, and 5 to 6 percent are obese.

It isn’t clear why obesity has stabilised. The lead author told the SMH it could be a mix of things:  improved awareness by parents, positive initiatives at schools and some from industry, while those children who were susceptible to becoming overweight were already fat.

Read more: Sydney Morning Herald, 9 Jan 2009

Published on January 9, 2009 in Australian news,Trends