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2007 Major Report

Women’s weight: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health

This report has been prepared on the basis of discussions between the ALSWH research team and staff of the Department of Health and Ageing and presents findings on women’s weight from four surveys of the three cohorts. The following research questions are addressed:

1. What are the trends in women’s weight, height and body mass index (BMI) among the three age groups of participants in the ALSWH over the first eleven years of the study?

2. What factors are predictive of weight change?

3. What are the effects of weight and weight change on women’s health?

4. What are the effects of weight and weight change on health care usage?

Adamson L, Brown W, Byles J, Chojenta C, Dobson A, Fitzgerald D, Hockey R, Loxton D, Powers J, Spallek M, Waters B & Watson M. Women’s Weight: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. Report prepared for Australian Government Department of Health & Ageing, June 2007.

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