The prevalence of overweight and obesity in indigenous kindergarten children: A cross sectional population based study

Megan Hickie*, Kirsty Douglas, Karen Ciszek

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    Abstract

    Background This study investigated the prevalence of overweight and obese Indigenous kindergarten children in the Australian Capital Territory. Methods A retrospective analysis was performed on data collected as part of the Kindergarten Health Check, a cross sectional population based survey conducted in the ACT from 2004 to 2008. Results The prevalence of overweight and obesity was statistically significantly higher among Indigenous (18%) compared to non-Indigenous kindergarten children (14%) (p=0.02, OR=1.40, 95% CI=1.051- 1.862). Ten percent of parents of normal weight children, and 16% of parents of overweight or obese children, reported concerns about weight and eating habits, with no significant difference between Indigenous and non-Indigenous parents. Discussion The low level of parental concern about obesity suggests that general practitioners should persist with screening for, and managing, overweight and obesity in kindergarten-aged children in similar jurisdictions on a proactive basis.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)497-500
    Number of pages4
    JournalAustralian Family Physician
    Volume42
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

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