Obesity in children

Journal article

6 Mar 2019

Overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence are associated with adverse health consequences throughout the lifecourse. This article outlines the policy actions, governance and accountability mechanisms needed to tackle the global epidemic of childhood obesity.

Literature review

9 Feb 2019

The literature review presented in this report aimed to investigate the evidence available for overweight and obesity among refugee and migrant adolescent populations who have recently arrived in their resettlement country.


5 Dec 2018

The final report makes 22 recommendations to government, including establishing a National Obesity Taskforce, reviewing food labelling and dietary guidelines, introducing a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, restricting TV advertising, and supporting related health promotion activities.


How industry self-regulation is failing to protect our children from unhealthy food marketing
24 Jul 2018

This report analyses how the current regulatory system fails in the objective to protect children from the marketing of unhealthy food and what needs to be done to improve the way the system works.

Journal article

15 Feb 2018

Paediatric obesity predicts adult obesity, and alarming new data in New Zealand reveals that obesity among the young continues to rise.

Journal article

19 Dec 2017

Background: There is growing recognition amongst health and medical research funders and researchers that translation of research into policy and practice needs to increase and that more transparency is needed on how impacts are realised. Several approaches are advocated for achieving this, including co-production of...

Journal article

10 Oct 2017

Underweight, overweight, and obesity in childhood and adolescence are associated with adverse health consequences throughout the life-course. Our aim was to estimate worldwide trends in mean body-mass index (BMI) and a comprehensive set of BMI categories that cover underweight to obesity in children and adolescents,...

Journal article

2 Jul 2017

This article reviews recent genetic discoveries about the basis of human obesity.

Journal article

15 Apr 2017

Aquatic and recreation centres largely identify themselves as health-promoting settings, although they have been described as ‘obesogenic’ environments for children in Canada and the UK.

Journal article

23 Feb 2017

Internationally, there are few studies that have trialled structured intervention programmes designed to prevent excessive weight gain or combat existing overweight/obesity for young people living in out-of-home care. The Healthy, Eating Active Living (HEAL) programme was designed to address this limitation and is, to our...

Journal article

12 Jan 2017

There are very few studies on laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) in obese adolescents with follow up for more than 36 months, let alone good prospective data beyond 24 months in Australian adolescents. We aimed to evaluate medium term (>36 months) safety and efficacy of...

Journal article

19 Aug 2016

The Childhood Obesity Plan is unlikely to solve New Zealand's obesity crisis. It is based on a dated paradigm of energy density and does not address what we believe to be the greatest cause of the epidemic: excess sugar intake. The Government’s plan lacks meaningful...


A brief report card on preventable chronic diseases, conditions and their risk factors: tracking progress for a healthier Australia by 2025
5 Jul 2016

Australia’s Health Tracker, Australia’s Adult Health Tracker and Australia’s Children and Young People Health Tracker are report cards that provide a comprehensive assessment of the health of Australians in relation to chronic diseases and their risk factors. The report cards will be issued regularly and...

Journal article

13 Apr 2016

This paper aims to estimate the consequences of an additional 20% tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) on health and health care expenditure. Participants were adult (aged > = 20) Australians alive in 2010, who were modelled over their remaining lifetime. We used lifetable-based epidemiological modelling...


21 Oct 2010

Key points

The weight of Australian children has increased markedly in recent decades, to the point where around 8 per cent are defined as obese (based on Body Mass Index), and 17 per cent as overweight. While the prevalence of obesity may...

Briefing paper

1 May 2007

Overweight/obesity during childhood is a major public health issue with more than 200,000 Australian children between 2-18 years now obese (Booth et al, 2003). It has significant health implications across the life span. This Policy brief reviews the effectiveness of prevention and intervention strategies and...


1 May 2006

Body Mass Index (BMI) has been used for many years with adults to assess overweight and obesity. However, overweight and obesity is not only a problem for adults. An estimated 20-25% of children and adolescents in Australia are overweight and a quarter of this group...


1 Sep 2005

Some parents are concerned about whether their child is ready to start school and they start to seek advice from a range of professionals to support them in making a decision. Often the preschool or kindergarten teacher may raise concerns with the parents, because of...



There are calls for a national approach to overcoming childhood obesity, with concerns that some kids are missing out on important advice about exercise and nutrition.

Experts say that part of the problem is that there is no Medicare Item Number, making it difficult...



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