Funding for child obesity prevention in Australia

Blackwell Publishing
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Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2011, 35 (1), pp. 85 - 86
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In 2008, the National Preventative Health Taskforce identified a need for urgent action to prevent and treat obesity in Australia.1 Data from the 2007 Australian Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey indicated a prevalence of overweight and obesity of 23% in children and adolescents.2 While overweight and obese children need appropriate medical management to prevent the development of complications, prevention of obesity in childhood is the most sensible and cost-effective strategy to reverse the epidemic.
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