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National Child Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey: 2007

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National Child Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey: 2007

The 2007 Australian National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey assessed the reported food and nutrient intake of children and young people and their physical activity levels, along with their weight, height and waist circumference.

The survey was based on a sample of 4,487 children and young people, aged between two and 16 years, who were randomly selected from across Australia.

Key findings

Weight

  • About one in four boys and girls (23%) were classified as overweight or obese.

Nutrition

  • Many of the children did not eat the recommended amounts of the five food groups (fruit; vegetables; dairy; meat and meat alternatives; and breads and cereals), set out in the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia.
  • Many children consumed an excessive amount of saturated fat, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
  • Many children consumed too much sugar.

Physical activity

  • On the days surveyed, around two-thirds of the children (69%) met the National Physical Activity Guidelines of at least one hour of moderate to vigorous activity each day.
  • On the days surveyed, over half of the boys (55%) and two-thirds of the girls (66%) aged between five and eight years met the number of pedometer steps recommended by the Presidential Council on Fitness and Sport 2002.
  • Only a third of children aged between nine and 16 years met the recommendations for small screen entertainment in the National Physical Activity Guidelines (no more than two hours of non-educational screen time each day).