Recent publicity has made us all aware of the rise in the prevalence of obesity in Australia. The AusDiab study found that over 52% of women and 67% of men are either overweight or obese. The number of obese children and adolescents has doubled in the last 15 years. The UniMelb Obesity Consortium has been set up as a response to this serious health issue.
We are a large multifaceted group comprising of over 80 members from approximately 40 groups associated with the University of Melbourne. The groups have expertise that ranges from Public Health, Children and Adolescent Health Clinical Medicine with, obesity clinics that include integrated Medical and Surgical units, Clinical Research departments, Basic Science, Economics etc, who are all currently addressing the obesity problem from many different perspectives. Our overall aim is to co-ordinate the efforts of the University of Melbourne and its affiliated institutions to tackle obesity using state of the art basic and clinical science and evidence-based individual therapy and public health measures.
Congratulations to our 2011-12 Grant Awardees
War on child flab
Dr Matt Sabin, has penned a question-and-answer guide for parents concerned about their child's weight, 'Is your child overweight?'. What you need to know and what you can do about it. It collates material he has gathered from a decade working with obese and clinically overweight children, where he has seen community senses of what is 'normal' weight become warped.