Kids with Middle-Eastern and Asian backgrounds more overweight

A secondary analysis of the 2010 NSW Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey in about 5000 primary school children found the prevalence of overweight and obesity was higher among children who predominantly spoke Middle-Eastern and Asian languages at home compared to English-speaking children.

About 35% and 28% of Middle-Eastern and Asian children, respectively, were overweight or obese, compared with 22% of English-speaking children.

Study co-author Dr Debra Hector (PhD), a senior research fellow at the University of Sydney’s School