Diet is one of the major causes behind the increasing rate of childhood obesity.
Diet is one of the major causes behind the increasing rate of childhood obesity. Paul Braven

Childhood obesity now affects more than 30,000 kids

CHILDHOOD obesity rates are only going up and more than 30,000 children across Australia could now be severely affected, a new study has shown.

ABC reports show researchers believe that number could even be underestimating the problem of severe obesity across Australia because up to one in five children opted out of the survey.

The study used four surveys performed across Australia between 1985 and 2012 to record the changing prevalence of obesity in children.

The reports showed the rate of obesity continuously jumped up over those years.

Associate Professor Sarah Garnett told media researchers believed some heavier children were among those who opted out of the study.

She said there were not currently enough paediatric obesity services available for the number of kids affected.

This study, released today, is not the only recent alarm bell on childhood obesity.

A review from the Murdoch Institute Research Institute released late last year showed more than 25% of 15-year-olds in Australia were now overweight or obese.

The lead researcher on that study, associate professor Matt Sabin, said childhood obesity was one of the world's leading health crises and was still likely to be one in coming decades.

The review showed large numbers of obese children would continue to be obese into adulthood, bringing with it major health risks.
 



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