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

Lyn M Roberts, Tessa R Letcher, Alexandra A Gason and Tim Lobstein
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02682.x
Published online: 6 July 2009

To the Editor: There is a substantial volume of evidence from a range of national and state-based surveys illustrating increases in the rates of obesity and overweight among Australian children over the past two decades,1 concurring with trends observed in most developed countries.2 The recent article by Gill and colleagues highlighted questions that have been raised publicly regarding the extent and impact of levels of obesity and overweight among Australian children, including whether trends have been exaggerated.1

  • Lyn M Roberts1
  • Tessa R Letcher1
  • Alexandra A Gason1
  • Tim Lobstein2

  • 1 National Heart Foundation of Australia, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 International Association for the Study of Obesity, London, UK.


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