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.
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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): 45-47.
Rae-Chi Huang, PhD Student and Paediatrician, School of Medicine and Pharmacology
Fiona J Stanley, Director, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
Lawrence J Beilin, Professor of Medicine
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