Overweight & Obesity
Sustained action to address the increasing problem of overweight and obesity is where the greatest long-term health, social and economic gains can occur. Healthy Weight 2008 - Australia's Future: The National Action Agenda for Children and Young People and their Families presents a "national strategic framework for action to address the challenges of overweight and obesity in children and young people and their families". It recommends actions across a range of settings such as child care, schools, primary care, maternal and infant health care, neighbourhoods, workplaces, food supply, family and community services, media and marketing.
The goals of Healthy Weight 2008 are:
- Achieve healthier weight in children and young people;
- Increase the proportion of children and young people participating in and maintaining healthy eating and adequate physical activity;
- Strengthen the knowledge, skills, responsibility and resources of all people and communities to achieve optimal weight;
- Address social and environmental determinants of poor nutrition and physical inactivity;
- Focus action on giving children, young people and families the best possible chance of maintaining a healthy weight.
The National Obesity Taskforce put its report and national action agenda for children, young people and their families to Australian Health Ministers in November 2003, who asked the Taskforce to lead and coordinate the implementation of Healthy Weight 2008.
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