Australian Institute Of Health And Welfare

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According to the Australian institute of health and welfare ‘Good health is an important element in a child’s quality of life as it can influence participation in many aspects of the life, including school and physical education’. A poor start to a child’s life increases the outcome to a poor adult life, with 24.9% of children aged from 5-17years already overweight or obese. These statistics are based on The International Obesity Task Force (IOTF), who have developed a standard age and sex-specific Body Mass Index (BMI) cut off point. Australian children are consuming less nutritional food, and instead eating more food and drinks that fall under the ‘red food’ category and foods that are not advised for daily intake on the Australian Eating Pyramid (refer to appendix 1). Poor nutrition combined with no - minimum physical activity is causing a major cause of obesity amongst young children and adolesces. If Australia’s obesity rates continue at this rapid growing rate it is predicated by the Monash University of Medicine Australia that in 2020 75% of the Australian population will be overweight or obese and 65% of young Australian (18 and under) will be overweight or obese. These statistics indicate much needed room for improvement, of which can be identified by the Ottawa charter.

2.0 The Ottawa Charter

The Ottawa charter is an international agreement for public health, signed at the first international conference in Health Promotion, organised by the…
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