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Overweight and obesity in children

More than 1 in 5 NSW children are above a healthy weight

Children who are above a healthy weight are more likely to have poor health and wellbeing outcomes, compared with children who are at a healthy weight. They are also more likely to carry their excess weight into adulthood, placing them at increased risk of developing chronic diseases later in life. Overweight and obesity increases the risk of developing chronic disease, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and some cancers. In 2019, 23.0% of children aged 5 to 16 years were overweight or obese.

See the Childhood Overweight and Obesity Data Report under Reports and Strategies below for more information.

How much do children weigh?
How active or sedentary are children?
How much water do children drink?
How much fruit and vegetables do children eat?

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Reports and Strategies

State-wide initiatives