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Childhood obesity: modernity's scourge

Elizabeth B Waters and Louise A Baur
Med J Aust 2003; 178 (9): 422-423.
Published online: 5 May 2003

The overarching cause is energy imbalance

The health and wellbeing of Australia's children and adolescents, now and in the future, is under threat. In 2002–2003, the most prevalent child health issues affecting children are preventable: obesity, dental disease, emotional and behavioural problems, bullying and learning delays. These problems often present as comorbidities.

  • Elizabeth B Waters1
  • Louise A Baur2

  • 1 Research and Public Health Unit, Centre for Community Child Health, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville, VIC.
  • 2 University of Sydney Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, The Children's Hospital at Westmead,Westmead, NSW.

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