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Gender, Ethnicity, Culture and Social Class Influences on Childhood Obesity Among Australian schoolchildren: Implications for treatment, prevention and community education

Creator:

O'Dea, J.A.

Subject Keywords: A research paper identifying contributing factors to childhood obesity.
Set: Obesity
Type: Report
Region: International (other)
Description:

The aim of the study was to explore the associations between obesity, weight perceptions and gender, ethnicity, culture and social class in a large national study of Australian school children. Primary and high schoolswere recruited from every state and territory of Australia and included 7889 children from government, private and Catholic schools in August-November, 2006. T. Outcome measures included body mass index (BMI), prevalence of obesity, overweight, weight perceptions. Prevalence of obesity was 6.4% of males and 5.6% of females in primary school students.More males were obese than females. Boys and girls of low SES or Pacific Islander or Middle Eastern/Arabic background were most likely to be obese were. The least likely to be obese were Anglo/Caucasian or Asian students and in particular, the girls. Obese female adolescents from Aboriginal, Middle Eastern/Arabic and Pacific Islander backgrounds were less likely than their Caucasian or Asian peers to perceive themselves as 'too fat'.Those working in clinical, community or educational settings with young people and in particular, obese young people, should be aware that obesity is likely to be more prevalent, more culturally acceptable and perhaps more desirable among children and teens from low SES communities and/or Middle Eastern and Pacific Islander backgrounds. The different body image perceptions identified in this study should be taken into account when planning clinical, community or preventive initiatives among children or adolescents from varying ethnic groups.

Date:

01/05/2008

Rights: © 2008 The Author
Suggested citation:

O'Dea, J.A.. (2008) Gender, Ethnicity, Culture and Social Class Influences on Childhood Obesity Among Australian schoolchildren: Implications for treatment, prevention and community education [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/3824 [Accessed: 19th October 2017].

  

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