Thursday, 5 June 2014

Are there trends in Childhood Obesity according to Socioeconomic Position?

Monash School of Public Health PhD Candidate Alexandra Chung was today presented with the SPHPM Pen award in recognition of her first PhD Publication. Trends in child and adolescent obesity prevalence according to socioeconomic position: protocol for a systematic review Published in Systematic Reviews 2014

The World Health Organisation have stating childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century, and prevention requires high priority. After rapid increase in prevalence of childhood obesity in developed nations this is now plateauing. Evidence suggests this may not be true across all socioeconomic positions (SEP).

Chung et al review will examine whether trends in child and adolescent obesity prevalence since 1990 differ according to SEP in developed countries. A comprehensive picture of childhood obesity trends according to SEP will be built utilising various literature reviews. Giving greater understanding to the relationship between SEP and Obesity, contribution to policy making and decisions to reduce Obesity related inequality.

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