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The National children's diet and physical activity survey, undertaken in 2007, studied the eating and physical activity habits of 4000 Australian children aged between 2-15 years.
The survey collected data on food intake, physical activity levels and the physical measurements of over 4000 children across Australia and was the first survey of its kind to involve both Government and the food industry.
The survey, which cost $3 million, was jointly funded by the Australian Food and Grocery Council, the Department of Health and Ageing and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. It was undertaken by the CSIRO and the University of South Australia and the data gathering phase was completed by October 2007.
The National children's nutrition and physical activity survey has shown that 72 per cent of 2-16 year old children were of a healthy weight, but 17 per cent were overweight, 6 per cent obese and 5 per cent were underweight.
The survey results also indicated that 69 per cent of children met the physical activity guidelines of at least one hour of moderate or vigorous exercise each day.
Abstract adapted from Australian Food and Grocery Council
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