Jennifer A. O’Dea

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To examine change from 2000 to 2006 in obesity and overweight by gender, school year and school socioeconomic status (SES) in a national sample of students from Australia. Survey of students aged 6–18 years from the same 32 schools in 2000 (N = 3,819) and 2006 (N = 5,524) with measured height and weight. All analyses were adjusted for the cluster survey(More)
To examine cross-sectional trends in obesity and overweight by gender, age and school socioeconomic status (SES) in 1,239 children aged 9–12 years from the same 10 primary schools in 2004 and 2009. Self report questionnaire with measured height and weight. BMI and international (IOTF) standards were used to classify overweight and obesity. School SES was(More)
To study the prevalence of obesity, overweight and thinness, by sex, SES and ethnic background in 2006 and 2012. Large national surveys of school students were conducted. Height/weight was measured. The outcomes were height, weight, BMI, thinness, overweight and obesity (IOTF), SES and ethnicity. Obesity in 2006 and 2012 in boys and girls was 7.5 and 7.1 %,(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity increased during the 1980s to the late 1990s. The prevalence of obesity is higher in socially and economically disadvantaged communities in most Westernised countries. The purpose of this study was to examine how the socioeconomic gradient in weight status, namely thinness, overweight and(More)
BACKGROUND Reports of high levels of use of protein powders and nutritional supplements among young men is a concern because these substances may act as a gateway for the use of drugs and illegal substances to enhance appearance or sports performance. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between body dissatisfaction, weight change(More)
Aim: To investigate children’s body image, perceptions of the academic abilities of thin and fat children and whether body image influences student’s academic confidence and/or participation in school classroom activities. Methods: The Children’s Body Image Scale (CBIS) depicting seven figures ranging from thin (A) to fat (G) and individual one-on-one(More)
This article details recent studies of body weight, obesity, body image and related health issues among Australian adolescents and the ways in which subsequent nutrition and physical activity programs in schools can interact with and complement each other, rather than contradicting or competing with each other. I briefly identify and discuss the(More)
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