In 2007 the gov will weigh and interview 4000 kids between 2-16 years old.
Kids to be measured in obesity survey
July 19, 2006 - 6:04AM
Thousands of Australian children will reportedly be measured, weighed and interviewed as part of an obesity epidemic-busting plan to be announced by the federal government.
Fairfax newspapers report existing government programs promoting after-school sports and physical activity could be expanded as part of the scheme.
Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott, Communications Minister Helen Coonan and Education Minister Julie Bishop are launching a package of anti-obesity measures, including a $3 million national nutrition survey.
A spokesman for the prime minister's office said a proposal to cut rising obesity levels, put forward by Tasmanian Liberal senator Guy Barnett, was now being examined, The Age newspaper said.
The national nutrition survey will be the most comprehensive stock-taking in more than 10 years of what Australian kids eat and their levels of physical activity, the government says.
Four thousand children aged between two and 16 will be measured and interviewed next year, and the survey results used to formulate policies to fight obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes, The Age said.
Julia Gillard has criticised the government today for not doing enough, although she hasn't specifically said what 'enough' is.
We can offer some suggestions!
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