Please Note:

The Open Access Repository will be moving to a new authentication system on the 1st of November.

From this date onwards, account holders will be required to login using their University of Tasmania credentials.
If your current repository username differs from your University username, please email so we can update these details on your behalf.

Due to the change, there will be a short outage of the repository from 9am on the morning of the 1st of November

Open Access Repository

Overweight and obesity from childhood to adulthood: a follow-up of participants in the 1985 Australian Schools Health and Fitness Survey


Downloads per month over past year

Venn, AJ and Thomson, RJ and Schmidt, MD and Cleland, VJ and Curry, BA and Gennat, H and Dwyer, T (2007) Overweight and obesity from childhood to adulthood: a follow-up of participants in the 1985 Australian Schools Health and Fitness Survey. Medical Journal of Australia, 186 (9). pp. 458-460. ISSN 0025-729X

[img] PDF
Venn_obesity_MJ...pdf | Request a copy
Full text restricted
Available under University of Tasmania Standard License.


Objective: To examine overweight and obesity in Australian children followed through to adulthood.
Design and participants: A cohort study of 8498 children aged 7–15 years who participated in the 1985 Australian Schools Health and Fitness Survey; of these,2208 men and 2363 women completed a follow-up questionnaire at age 24–34 years in 2001–2005.
Main outcome measures: Height and weight were measured in 1985, and self-reported at follow-up. The accuracy of self-reported data was checked in 1185 participants. Overweight and obesity in childhood were defined according to international standard definitions for body mass index (BMI), and, in adulthood, as a BMI of 25–29.9 and >=30kg/m2, respectively, after correcting for self-report error.
Results: In those with baseline and follow-up data, the prevalence of overweight and obesity in childhood was 8.3% and 1.5% in boys and 9.7% and 1.4% in girls, respectively.
At follow-up, the prevalence was 40.1% and 13.0% in men and 19.7% and 11.7% in women. The relative risk (RR) of becoming an obese adult was significantly greater for those
who had been obese as children compared with those who had been a healthy weight (RR=4.7; 95% CI, 3.0–7.2 for boys and RR=9.2; 95% CI, 6.9–12.3 for girls). The proportion
of adult obesity attributable to childhood obesity was 6.4% in males and 12.6% in females.
Conclusion: Obesity in childhood was strongly predictive of obesity in early adulthood but most obese young adults were a healthy weight as children.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: CDAH, Menzies Research Institute
Journal or Publication Title: Medical Journal of Australia
Page Range: pp. 458-460
ISSN: 0025-729X
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2008 01:14
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:30
Item Statistics: View statistics for this item

Actions (login required)

Item Control Page Item Control Page