Childhood obesity costs Aust $17m a year

Childhood obesity costs Australia $17 million every year, new analysis shows. With a fifth of Australian kids overweight before they start school and one in 20 obese, scientists at the Unversity of Sydney have put a public health price tag on the growing health issue. According to the study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, each obese child incurs a healthcare cost $367 above that of a child of healthy weight. The direct healthcare costs of children with obesity aged 2-4 years were 1.62 times those of healthy weight children. A large proportion of the…
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