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Young Australians are getting larger and the issue is worse in New South Wales. 

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data released today shows the the number of overweight or obese children has increased from 23.1% in 2007-08 to 26% in 2011-12. 

In New South Wales, the rate of overweight or obese children is higher than the national average at 27.7%.  

Australian Medical Association President Brian Owler says parents need to set a good example.

If children tend to be overweight then it sets up problems for later in life. It emphasises the importance of trying to get people off to a good start with good nutrition and encouraging physical activity. 

If we can do that we can reduce not only the number of people who are overweight or obese but we can also reduce the complications like type 2 diabetes, and make for a healthier lifestyle. 


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