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2007 Australian National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey: Main Findings

2007 Australian National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey

This research aimed to provide guidance to assist governments, health professionals and the food and beverage industry to recognise trends in diet and physical activity behavioural patterns of Australian children.

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2007 Australian National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey

The 2007 Australian National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey (Children's Survey) was commissioned by the Department of Health and Ageing, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Australian Food and Grocery Council.

The objective of the Children's Survey was to assess food and nutrient intake, physical activity participation and to measure weight, height and waist circumference in a sample of children aged 2-16 years randomly selected from accross Australia. Data was collected on two occasions from 4,487 participants or their caregivers from February to August 2007. A computer assisted personal interview (CAPI) was conducted in the child's home and this was followed by 7-21 days later by a computer assisted telephone interview (CATI).

Children were categorised into four age groups, 2-3 years, 4-8 years, 9-13 years and 14-16 years. This allowed for comparison against the dietary level recommendations listed in the publication, including Estimated Energy Requirement, Estimated Average Requirement and Adequate intake where applicable for energy, macronutrients, water, vitamins and minerals.

The Children's Survey is the first national survey to undertake measurements of food and activity patterns in the same group of people and will provide the opportunity to explore interactions between these factors.

Year published: 2008

 

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