Thursday, December 13, 2007

Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is currently a topic of great interest in Australia, with the Childhood Obesity Summit being held in Sydney this week.
Several initiatives are underway which will lead to improved data on childhood obesity, nutrition, and physical activity levels.

  • The next ABS National Health Survey, being conducted August 2007 to June 2008, is collecting physical measurements from persons aged 5 and above, including height, weight, waist and hip circumference. Previous National Health Survey data for height and weight has been self-reported.

  • The proposed Federal Government strategy Healthy Kids Check will assess the body mass index of all four year olds.

  • The Kids Eat, Kids Play survey was undertaken by the CSIRO during 2007, aiming to measure children's nutrition and activity patterns, and record height, weight and waist measurements. Data from this survey will be directly comparable with the 1995 ABS National Nutrition survey.

Where to find current data on obesity
The latest issue of ABS News for Libraries has an overview of key resources for overweight and obesity data in the section Health Hot Spot: Obesity.

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