Monday, September 15, 2008

Obesity Highest In Children From Lower Income Areas

“School children from lower socioeconomic areas are one-and-a-half times more likely to be overweight or obese compared with children living in wealthier areas, a new study has found. Study author Rachel Sutherland said: 'Of huge concern was that by age six and seven, around 30 per cent of these kids were already overweight or obese.' The study, published in Nutrition & Dietetics by Wiley-Blackwell, collected data on 2,224 children aged six to 12 years from 16 randomly-selected primary schools in the Hunter region of New South Wales.”

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