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Osteopathy Australia Annual Conference 2015

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Weight and weight-related behaviours of Australian children; What role can Osteopaths play?

Louise Hardy

 Obesity is a significant public health problem and children who are overweight or obese during childhood have an increased risk of developing chronic diseases across the life course.  In this session Louise will present the findings from the most recent NSW population surveillance survey of children age 5-16 years, conducted in 2015.  The survey, the Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (SPANS) is conducted every 5-years and measures their weight and weight-related behaviours.  SPANS is funded by the NSW Ministry of Health and is based on a representative sample of approximately 7,500 children and adolescents.  Louise will also discuss the measurement of adiposity among children and strategies on how to raise the issue of unhealthy weight with patients.