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Overweight and obesity from childhood to adulthood: a follow-up of participants in the 1985 Australian Schools Health and Fitness Survey

Margaret A Allman-Farinelli, Lesley King and Adrian E Bauman
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (5): 314-315.
Published online: 3 September 2007

To the Editor: The recent article by Venn et al reported that childhood overweight carries through into adult overweight and obesity, but that most obese young adults in their study were “healthy” weight as children in 1985.1 As demonstrated by National Health Surveys, age is one of the strongest predictors of overweight,2 with body mass index (BMI) increasing as we grow older. However, there are two additional time-related components influencing obesity.

  • Margaret A Allman-Farinelli
  • Lesley King
  • Adrian E Bauman

  • School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.


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