Childhood obesity needs action

Obesity in children has reached epidemic proportions.
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  • Updated:22 Sep 2006


CHOICE commissioned Newspoll to conduct a telephone survey on childhood obesity. Interviews were carried out nationwide mid-year, and the 1200 respondents were aged 18 or over. 33% of them were the parent or legal guardian of one or more child under 18.

Figure 1: In your opinion, what is causing more children to be overweight?
(Respondents could name more than one reason.)

Figure 2: In general, do you think parents/governments could be doing more to prevent chidren becoming overweight?


Figure 3: Some people have suggested things government could do to help reduce the number of overweight children. Total in favour?


Table notes

Graphs are not to scale.


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