Trends in Weight & Related Behaviour in Aboriginal Children of School Age

“The health status of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (hereafter Aboriginal) children is comparatively poorer than for non-Aboriginal Australian children.” The aim of the enclosed research article published in the  Medical Journal of Australia and enclosed for your interest was to  report temporal trends in weight status of children aged 5–16 years, by Aboriginality, using representative data examine differences between Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal children’s weight and weight-related behaviour. “Obtaining representative population data on Aboriginal children’s lifestyle behaviour is a priority to understand how best to attenuate chronic disease risk during childhood.”

The findings found that “Overweight/obesity and WtHr have increased more rapidly in Aboriginal than non-Aboriginal children in NSW. Unhealthy weight-related behaviour was frequent among all children, but lack of daily breakfast, excessive ST and soft drink consumption appear particularly problematic among Aboriginal children. Raising awareness with families of the consequences of excessive ST and encouraging strategies to limit ST – screen time  (such as rethinking placement of televisions in children’s bedrooms and implementing ST rules) hold promise.”

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