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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

Alison J Venn, Russell J Thomson, Michael D Schmidt, Verity J Cleland, Beverley A Curry, Hanni C Gennat and Terence Dwyer
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (5): 314-315.
Published online: 3 September 2007

In reply: Allman-Farinelli et al make an important point about the influence of age, survey period and cohort effects on the prevalence of overweight and obesity. While age and cohort effects could not be clearly separated in the 1985 Australian Schools Health and Fitness Survey, the prevalence of overweight and obesity increased with age in 7–15-year-olds.1 Our data collected from 4571 of the individuals in that survey at follow-up about 20 years later also showed an increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity with age, although these findings were not presented in our report.2

  • Alison J Venn1
  • Russell J Thomson1
  • Michael D Schmidt1
  • Verity J Cleland1
  • Beverley A Curry1
  • Hanni C Gennat1
  • Terence Dwyer2

  • 1 Menzies Research Institute, Hobart, TAS.
  • 2 Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: Alison.Venn@utas.edu.au

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