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ECU seeks volunteers for research study into the prevention of childhood obesity

Thursday, 18 November 2010


Childhood obesity is at a record high with a staggering 25 per cent of children aged five -17 considered overweight or obese. Furthermore, research shows that 50 per cent of obese children will carry these trends into adulthood.

In light of these statistics, Edith Cowan University (ECU) researcher from the School of Psychology and Social Science, Ms Claire Roockley is looking for volunteers to take part in a new study that looks at obesity prevention in children.

Ms Roockley says she is particularly interested in the connection between parent’s attitudes to weight management and the impact this can have on a child.

“Parents are significant role models for children; both in terms of their health-related attitudes and behaviours, and can have a profound impact on guiding their child’s eating and physical activity patterns.”

“By better educating parents about the dangers associated with excessive weight gain in children, active measures can be taken toward potentially addressing the obesity epidemic currently facing Australian children,” said Ms Roockley

To take part in the project, children must be aged between five – 12 years old and can be within any weight range.

Participating parents and children will need to visit the ECU Joondalup Campus four times over a two-month period, where they will take part in education sessions on obesity, complete questionnaires and assist their child in completing simple nutrition and physical activity assessments.

If you would like further information or would like to participate in the study, please contact Claire Roockley on 0412 687 120 or email

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