Kids’ healthy choices making a difference
RATES of Portland and district children being overweight or obese have dropped over a 12-month period, a study has found.
The new results from Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE) at Deakin University show a “downward change” in obesity rates from 2016 to 2017.
Southern Grampians Glenelg Primary Care Partnership executive officer Janette Lowe said the results were pleasing.
“We’re very excited,” Mrs Lowe said.
“Everything is heading in the right direction.”
Between 2016 and 2017, primary school children in Grades 2, 4 and 6 were weighed and measured by the staff from GLOBE.
When comparing the two sets of data, GLOBE had been able to measure a reduction in obesity and overweight levels in children over the short period of time.
“We’re comparing pupils from Grades 2, 4 and 6 from 2016 to 2017 – they’re not the same kids, but they are from the same schools … (but) the findings show a downward change.
“We’re not worried about the numbers at the moment – we just want to see a drop in obesity rates.”