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Child Obesity and How to Combat it - 2ser 107.3

World Obesity Day on October 11 promotes practical solutions to the end of the global obesity crisis.  A review of current evidence lays out a possible path for the prevention and management of childhood obesity.  Listen to the interview.


Submission fights obesity in Children

Daily Mercury (Mackay, Mackay QLD , July 6, 2018


This article also appeared in Daily Examiner (Grafton), Grafton NSW, July 7, 2018; Daily News (Warwick), Warwick QLD, July 7, 2018;  Gatton Lockyer Brisbane Valley Star, Gatton QLD on July 11, 2018.





Our obession with infant growth charts may be fuelling childhood obesity

The Conversation, November 23, 2017 - Article written by Rebecca Byrne.

Dr Rebecca Byrne recently had an article featured in ‘The Conversation’.  Rebecca was prompted to write the piece after seeing the contrast between public health priorities regarding early prevention of obesity, and the concerns being reported by parents.  She is a research fellow with stream two of CRE-EPOCH, based at the Queensland University of Technology.


Tenfold increase in childhood and adolescent obesity in four decades:  new study by Imperial College London and WHO

World will have more obese children and adolescents than underweight by 2022

Worldwide trends in body-mass index, underweight, overweight, and obesity from 1975 to 2016: a pooled analysis of 2416 population-based measurement studies in 128·9 million children, adolescents, and adults” by NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC), published 10 October 2017 in The Lancet. DOI: S0140-6736(17)32129-3 Article Visualisation 


January 23, 2017 - The Huffington Post
Preschool Obesity Is A $17 Million Problem In Australia, And It's Getting Worse - Before kids start school, 1 in 5 are overweight and 1 in 20 are obese



September 12, 2016 - NSW Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Issues Inquiry -

Childhood Overweight and Obesity

That pre-conception, pregnancy and early life stages are better incorporated in programs that aim to address childhood overweight and obesity.


Final Report - Recommendation 8

Submission #10, Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood

The following submission made by Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood in relation to the Inquiry into Childhood overweight and obesity was received on 25/08/2016 by the Standing Committee on Social Issues.


Transcripts now available


August 26, 2016 - The Australian - A Big Fat Problem

July 11, 2016 - Obese Preschoolers More Likely to be Hospitalized

July 6, 2016 - Obese preschollers' healthcare costs nearly 60% more than healthy-weight children

Professor Louise Baur Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood Interview



November 13, 2015 - Grant funds obesity research in children under 5

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