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Childhood obesity in Australia: 7.6% of boys and 23.9% of girls are obese
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In Australia, among children 4- to 12-years-old, 19.3 percent of boys and 29.6 percent of girls are overweight, and 7.6 percent of boys and 23.9 percent of girls are obese according to a survey of 2184 children that was done in 2003-2004. Increasing Childhood Obesity
Childhood obesity increasing 1% per year; 40,000 more overweight every year
“The prevalences of overweight and obesity are increasing in Australian children by about one percentage point per year,” the researchers note.
“This equates to approximately 40,000 more overweight children each year, placing Australian children among those at highest risk around the world.”
Sanigorski A, Bell A, Kremer PJ, Swinburn B. High childhood obesity in an Australian population. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2007 Aug, 15(8):1908-12.
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