One quarter of children and adolescents in Australia are overweight or obese

Nikki Milne, Margarita Tsiros

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[Extract] Approximately 25 per cent of Australian children are overweight or obese
(Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW] 2018) and 80 per cent
of Australian children and adolescents do not meet physical activity
recommendations of at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical
activity daily (AIHW 2017).
Physiotherapists have knowledge and skills to contribute to the therapeutic
assessment and management of children who are overweight or obese, however,
they need to upskill on definitions of overweight and obesity in children and to
correctly assess children’s’ weight status using BMI percentile charts (Milne
et al 2015). Weight status cannot be accurately judged by looking at a child
(Robinson 2017), so assessments of growth (height, weight and BMI) should
form part of a standard paediatric physiotherapy assessment (Tsiros 2017).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018


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