Journal article

Double disadvantage: the influence of ethnicity over socioeconomic position on childhood overweight and obesity: findings from an inner urban population of primary school children

Elizabeth Waters, Rosie Ashbolt, Lisa Gibbs, Michael Booth, Anthea Magarey, Lisa Gold, Sing Kai Lo, Kay Gibbons, Julie Green, Thea O'Connor, Jan Garrard, Boyd Swinburn

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC OBESITY | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between overweight/obesity in children, socioeconomic status and ethnicity/cultural background. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey of children aged 4-13 years. SETTING: A total of 23 primary (elementary) schools in an inner urban municipality of Melbourne, Australia. Participants. A total of 2685 children aged 4-13 years and their parents. MAIN EXPOSURE MEASURES: Ethnicity/cultural background - maternal region of birth; socioeconomic position (SEP) indicators - maternal and paternal educational attainment, family employment status, possession of a healthcare card, ability to buy food, indicator of disadvantage (Socioeconomic Index for Areas, SEIFA) score fo..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The fun n healthy in Moreland! project was funded by the Victorian Government's Community Support Fund as part of the Go For Your Life campaign. The authors wish to acknowledge all those who contributed to the scientific development of this project, the participating schools, parents, children and those who were involved in the data collection process.