In Australia, almost one in four children (23 per cent) are overweight or obese (AIHW 2012). Although the rate of increase in the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity appears to be slowing, the current figures still represent 430,000 Australian children aged 5–14 years who are at increased risk of short- and longer-term health problems because of their body weight (AIHW 2012). Modelling estimates that the proportion of overweight and obese Australian children will have increased to one in three by 2025 (ABS 2013). Children who are obese are more likely than other children to develop asthma, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular conditions and some cancers. Children who are overweight are more likely than others to carry their excess weight into adulthood (NHMRC 2013a), placing them at increased risk of many life-limiting chronic diseases and conditions (AIHW 2012;NHMRC 2013a).


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Publication Topic: Food and eating
Publication Audience: General Public
Publication Target Group: General Public
Year: 2015
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