Childhood overweight and obesity
Childhood overweight and obesity is a serious health problem.
There has been an alarming increase in the rate of children who are overweight or obese in Australia.
In a ten year period from 1985 - 1995 rates more than doubled. One in five children in NSW between the ages of seven and fifteen are either overweight or obese.
Children and young people who are obese have a greater chance of being obese adults.
Overweight and obese people are at greater risk of weight related ill-health.
Overweight and obesity can be attributed to a lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns or a combination of both.
Children and young people are less active, particularly girls, than in the past and are consuming more kilojoules.
In response to this problem, the NSW Government held the Childhood Obesity Summit in 2002.
A number of resolutions were approved that aim to increase physical activity and improve eating habits of children and young people.
School canteens are a significant food outlet for children and young people.
The NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy aims to provide healthy nutritious food options for students.
The strategy limits the sale of foods low in nutritional value and high in saturated fat, kilojoules, added sugars and/or salt to no more than twice a term.
Students also have related learning opportunities in the classroom K-Yr 6, Yrs 7-10, Yrs 11-12, particularly in Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.