Childhood obesity in Australia remains a widespread health concern that warrants population-wide prevention programs

Rae-Chi Huang, Fiona J Stanley and Lawrence J Beilin
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02681.x
Published online: 6 July 2009

To the Editor: We concur wholeheartedly with Gill and colleagues1 in support of recognising obesity as a public health issue, and we dispute claims that the current problem of obesity is being exaggerated.

  • Rae-Chi Huang
  • Fiona J Stanley
  • Lawrence J Beilin

  • University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.



We are extremely grateful to all the families who took part in this study and to the Raine Study team. We acknowledge the support of the Raine Medical Research Foundation, Healthway, Western Australia and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (University of Western Australia) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Rae-Chi Huang is supported by the NHMRC Postgraduate Research, NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence (Royal Perth Hospital) and Athelstan and Amy Saw Research scholarships.


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