Australasian nutrition research for prevention and management of child obesity: innovation and progress in the last decade

Pediatr Obes. 2014 Dec;9(6):e132-6. doi: 10.1111/j.2047-6310.2014.225.x. Epub 2014 Mar 31.


Background/objective: The Food and Nutrition stream of Australasian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network (ACAORN) aims to improve the quality of dietary methodologies and the reporting of dietary intake within Australasian child obesity research (

Methods/results: With 2012 marking ACAORN's 10th anniversary, this commentary profiles a selection of child obesity nutrition research published over the last decade by Food and Nutrition Stream members. In addition, stream activities have included the development of an online selection guide to assist researchers in their selection of appropriate dietary intake methodologies (

Conclusions: The quantity and quality of research to guide effective child obesity prevention and treatment has increased substantially over the last decade. ACAORN provides a successful case study of how research networks can provide a collegial atmosphere to foster and coordinate research efforts in an otherwise competitive environment.

Keywords: Child obesity; dietary assessment; nutrition; research networks.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Australasia / epidemiology
  • Body Mass Index
  • Child
  • Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Energy Intake
  • Feeding Behavior / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Nutrition Assessment*
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Pediatric Obesity / epidemiology
  • Pediatric Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Pediatric Obesity / psychology
  • Research Design
  • Risk Factors