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Measures taken in New South Wales to address childhood obesity following the NSW Childhood Obesity Summit Volume 15 Issue 3-4

Liz Develin

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 15(4) 68 - 71 Published: 2004

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Liz Develin


‘A nation of porkers’; ‘All guns firing in the battle of the
bulge’; and ‘Junk food wars’: these are just some of the
headlines used by the print media to describe the national
epidemic of overweight and obesity. And while slowing
or reversing the increasing prevalence of obesity is the
difficult task that faces NSW—and indeed the whole
developed world—the NSW Government has taken steps
to address this population health crisis. This article
describes the health risks of and trends in overweight and
obesity in NSW, and the key initiatives that emerged from
the NSW Childhood Obesity Summit, in particular the
NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy and the Schools
Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey.