Journal article

Prevalence of overweight, obesity and underweight in Western Australian school-aged children; 2008 compared with 2003

Karen Martin, Michael Rosenberg, Iain Stephen Pratt, Margaret Miller, Gavin McCormack, Billie Giles-Corti, Anthea Magarey, Fiona Bull, Amanda Devine



OBJECTIVE: Due to rising rates of obesity globally, the present study aimed to examine differences in overweight and underweight prevalence in Western Australian schoolchildren in 2008 compared with 2003. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study at two time points; using two-stage stratified sampling, primary and secondary schools in both metropolitan and non-metropolitan Western Australia; sample selected was representative of the State's population figures. SETTINGS: Seventeen primary and thirteen secondary (2008) and nineteen primary and seventeen secondary (2003) schools. Government and non-government funded schools in metropolitan and non-metropolitan (regional/rural) Western Australia were recrui..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The Child and Adolescent Physical Activity Survey 2008 (the research underpinning this report) was commissioned by the Physical Activity Taskforce (PATF) and was funded through Healthway and the Western Australian Departments of Education, Health, Planning and Infrastructure, and Sport and Recreation, The Government of Western Australia. The data were collected by research teams at Edith Cowan University (2008) and Notre Dame University (2003). The funders had had no role in the design, analysis or writing of this article.