Research and commentary

Using research to inform obesity reduction strategies

Working with families for the benefit of each child is central to tackling obesity

Mihrshahi S, Drayton B, Bauman A et al (2018) Associations between childhood overweight, obesity, abdominal obesity and obesogenic behaviors and practices in Australian homes. BMC Public Health. doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4595-y


To examine the possible influence of parenting practices on obesity in children to identify who are at higher risk and if socio-demographic factors are associated with obesogenic practices.


This was a cross-sectional survey undertaken in Australia. The sample was 3,884 children and 3,671 young people, aged 5-16, from 84 schools. Data collected included body measurements, such as abdominal girth. The children’s parents completed questionnaires about family eating habits and linked behaviour, such as eating breakfast and average time spent using screens. The young people also completed questionnaires. The questions derived from a recognised questionnaire on feeding children. Demographic information was also collected, which meant that


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