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What really works in preventing unhealthy weight gain in children

The Director of UOW’s Interdisciplinary Educational Research Institute, Professor Tony Okely, will discuss the research he is undertaking to combat child obesity at the next ‘Uni in the Brewery’ event on Wednesday 17 October.

“Child obesity is one of the most pressing public health problems of the 21st century. We now recognise the need to establish health guidelines for very young children who are overweight or obese, or at risk of becoming obese, because they frequently don’t engage in sufficient amounts of physical activity, watch too much television and consume unhealthy foods,” Professor Okely said.

“Traditional ways of treating this problem have been costly, hard to access, and not highly successful, as evidenced by the high and increasing prevalence of child obesity over the past 15 years. New interdisciplinary approaches are needed that intervene on multiple levels, in multiple environments, and are multifaceted.”

Professor Okely will discuss what approaches have been successful and why they have succeeded, and suggest new and innovative ways that need to be considered if we are to have an impact on reducing the current rates of child obesity.  

‘Uni in the Brewery’ is a free lecture series aimed at the public. It gives people the opportunity to learn about the various research projects conducted at the University of Wollongong and to be involved in lively discussion with the presenters.

Media please note

RSVP: 4298 1436 or email lhawes@uow.edu.au

When: Wednesday 17 October from 5.30-6.30pm

Where: Five Islands Brewery, eastern end of WIN Entertainment Centre (Cnr Harbour and Crown), Wollongong

Further Information at: http://www.uow.edu.au/research/unibrewery/UOW133068.html

Media enquiries: Professor Tony Okely on 4221 4641

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