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References for the key publications about overweight and obesity among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are listed here.


Dyer SM, Gomersall JS, Smithers LG, Davy C, Coleman DT, Street JM (2015)

Prevalence and characteristics of overweight and obesity in Indigenous Australian children: a systematic review.

Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition; Latest articles(


Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013)

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

This summary of the first findings from the 2012-13 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey provides information on long-term health conditions, health risk factors, selected social and emotional wellbeing indicators, health measurements, and health related actions for Indigenous Australian peoples. Information is included on Indigenous peoples living in remote and non-remote areas.

Abstract adapted from Australian Bureau of Statistics


Maple-Brown LJ, Piers LS, O'Rourke MF, Celermajer DS, O'Dea K (2005)

Central obesity is associated with reduced peripheral wave reflection in Indigenous Australians irrespective of diabetes status.

Journal of Hypertension; 23(7): 1403-1407

NSW Centre for Overweight and Obesity (2005)

A literature review of the evidence for interventions to address overweight and obesity in adults and older Australians (with special reference to people living in rural and remote Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders).

Sydney: Australian Department of Health and Ageing


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2004)

The relationship between overweight, obesity and cardiovascular disease: a literature review prepared for the National Heart Foundation of Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Mellor D, McCabe M, Ricciardelli L, Ball K (2004)

Body image and body dissatisfaction among Indigenous Australian adolescents.

Body Image; 1(3): 289-297

This article examines the body image concerns of Aboriginal adolescents between the ages of 12-16 years. Body image dissatisfaction was measured using the Body Image Scale and the Body Change Inventory Scale. It was found among the Indigenous adolescents surveyed, that there were no gender differences in body image importance and body image dissatisfaction. It was found however, that males placed more importance on muscle size and strength than females, and rural youth placed more importance on weight than urban youth. The findings suggest that Indigenous youth are less concerned and dissatisfied with body weight and shape than Caucasian adolescents.

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Wang Z, Hoy WE (2004)

Waist circumference, body mass index, hip circumference and waist-to-hip ratio as predictors of cardiovascular disease in Aboriginal people.

European Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 58(6): 888-893


Pollard C, Lewis J, Woods L, Beurle D (2003)

National Obesity Taskforce - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workshop, Adelaide, 10-11 September 2003: outcomes.

Adelaide: National Obesity Taskforce


Egger G, Fisher G, Piers S, Bedford K, Morseau G, Sabasio S, Taipim B, Bani G, Assan M, Mills P (1999)

Abdominal obesity reduction in Indigenous men.

International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders; 23(6): 564-569


Cunningham J, Mackerras D (1998)

Overweight and obesity, Indigenous Australians: 1994: occasional paper.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

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