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19 December 2018

Contemporary approaches to the prevention and management of paediatric obesity : An Australian focus

This paper discusses the prevalence, prevention and management of childhood obesity. In Australia in 2015, the prevalence of overweight and obesity (combined) in primary school children had plateaued at 22.9% (including 7.1% with obesity), although not in secondary school students (21.7% overweight, additional 5.8% obesity). Further, the prevalence of severe or morbid obesity has increased in this age group. There are also growing socio-economic inequalities in Australian prevalence rates, with overweight and obesity continuing to increase among children in families with lower socio-economic status.