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Childhood Obesity - The Challenges

On Monday 11th December, The Children's Hospital at Westmead will be hosting a workshop for health professionals to focus on the problem of, and potential solutions to, obesity in childhood and adolescence. This workshop will tackle one of the most serious health risks to young Australians.

There is clear evidence that the prevalence of obesity and overweight in Australian children is increasing. At the recent Pre-Olympic Congress Dr Michael Booth presented evidence showing that approximately 20% of Australian children and adolescents are currently overweight or obese and the trend is for this figure to increase.

The workshop will take a step towards providing a co-ordinated approach to overcome this significant problem by looking at:

  • How we can prevent the development of overweight and obesity in the first place?
  • How are we best able to provide primary care within the community?
  • How we can improve on the tertiary care that is already provided at our hospital?

"Over 80 delegates are attending the workshop. With such experience and expertise we are hoping to identify some real solutions to this significant problem," said Assoc. Prof. Louise Baur, workshop organiser.

The workshop will be facilitated by Prof. Ian Caterson, Boden Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Sydney, and Chair of the International Obesity Taskforce's Working Group on Economic Costs of Obesity.

For further information, please call: Gilly Paxton, Manager Public Relations (02) 9845 3568 or page (02) 9845 0000.


This document was released on Thursday, 7 December, 2000

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