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OBJECTIVE The study investigated similarities and differences in the perceptions of parents, adolescents, General Practitioners (GPs) and education professionals regarding childhood overweight and obesity. METHODS The study used qualitative research methods in the form of focus groups and individual interviews with six target groups, comprising parents of(More)
OBJECTIVE This qualitative study examined the relationship between health, hunger, and food insecurity among African American women in Philadelphia. DESIGN Four focus groups and 12 individual in-home, semistructured interviews were conducted. SETTING 3 food pantries in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PARTICIPANTS 34 women recruited from 3 food pantries.(More)
OBJECTIVE Functional data analysis (FDA) is a forecasting approach that, to date, has not been applied to obesity, and that may provide more accurate forecasting analysis to manage uncertainty in public health. This paper uses FDA to provide projections of Body Mass Index (BMI), overweight and obesity in an Australian population through to 2019. METHODS(More)
Food insecurity affects health and wellbeing. Little is known about the relationship between food insecurity across income levels. This study aims to investigate the prevalence and frequency of food insecurity in low-to-middle-income Victorian households over time and identify factors associated with food insecurity in these households. Prevalence and(More)
Community-based initiatives (CBIs) that build capacity and promote healthy environments hold promise for preventing obesity and non-communicable disease, however their characteristics remain poorly understood and lessons are learned in isolation. This limits understanding of likely effectiveness of CBIs; the potential for actively supporting practice; and(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify: 1. The percentage of bariatric procedures that are revisions; 2. What proportion of bariatric revision procedures in public hospitals are for patients whose primary weight loss procedure occurred in a private hospital; 3. The age, sex and level of socioeconomic disadvantage of patients needing revisions. METHODS An analysis of(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine the food sources and acquisition practices used by homeless youth in Adelaide. This work is part of a larger study that aimed to examine the extent and nature of food insecurity among homeless youth. DESIGN Cross-sectional design involving quantitative and qualitative methods. SETTING Four health and(More)
ISSUE ADDRESSED The perceptions of staff from the early childhood sector in New South Wales (NSW) regarding issues related to childhood overweight and obesity were examined. METHODS Eight pre-schools and long day care centres were recruited from suburbs of diverse socio-economic backgrounds in three metropolitan and one rural area in NSW. Centre directors(More)
OBJECTIVES The aims of the present study were to: (1) identify trends in bariatric surgery in South Australia (SA) from 2001 to 2013; and (2) compare public and private hospitals, and so discuss the implications of these trends as they relate to equity in access to bariatric procedures and public system healthcare expenditure. METHODS An analysis of(More)
The World Health Organization has called on governments to implement recommendations on the marketing of foods and beverages to children. This study describes high public support for government intervention in marketing of unhealthy food to children and suggests more effort is needed to harness public opinion to influence policy development.