How much do you know about childhood obesity? Test your knowledge with our quiz.


Question A: In 2013 how many children were classified as being overweight?

  1. 42 million
  2. 31 million
  3. 46 million
  4. 83 million

Question B: When do non-communicable diseases arise?

  1. Middle-age
  2. Adolescence
  3. Adulthood
  4. Childhood

Question C: What type of environment is predisposing children to becoming obese?

  1. Obesogenic environment
  2. Fast-food outlets
  3. Western environments
  4. Absurd environment

Question D: What does SSBs stand for?

  1. Sugar-sweetened beverages
  2. Sweet and Salty biscuits
  3. Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
  4. Sugar Should be Banned

Question D: SSBs make up how much of the US population’s total energy intake?

  1. 7%
  2. 11%
  3. 5%
  4. 30%

Question E: Which countries have already addressed SSBs?

  1. Mexico, Brazil, France, Belgium Hungary
  2. Norway, Finland, Denmark
  3. USA, UK, Australia, Fiji
  4. Nowhere

Question F: What does Beth Skwarecki think causes obesity?

  1. Epigenome
  2. Obesogenic environment
  3. Physical inactivity
  4. Working long hours

Question G: Who can a mother’s nutrition in pregnancy promote metabolic disease in?

  1. Herself, her children, her grandchildren
  2. Herself
  3. Children and grandchildren
  4. Her partner

Question H: What unfavourable settings can be set by epigenetics?

  1. Unfavourable hunger and satiety balance
  2. Predisposition to being obese or overweight
  3. Maternal diabetes
  4. Morning sickness

Question I: The total number of overweight or obese children in Africa has _____ since 1990 from ___ to ____.

  1. Doubled; 5.4million; 10.3million
  2. Doubled; 5 million; 10 million
  3. Tripled; 2 million; 4 million
  4. No one in Africa is overweight they’re all malnourished


Question J: How many adolescents achieve the recommended amount of physical activity each day?

  1. 19%
  2. 20%
  3. 50%
  4. 90%

Question K: What are the components of WHO’s framework for ending childhood obesity?

  1. Promote intake of healthy food; promote physical activity; preconception and pregnancy care; early childhood diet and physical activity; health, nutrition and physical activity for school-age children; weight management.
  2. Healthy diet and physical activity
  3. Pregnancy care
  4. International ban on soft drink, fast-food, confectionary and chips and compulsory attendance of fat camp.

Question L: Who is responsible for battling childhood obesity?

  1. The individual, parents, big-body organisations and institutions
  2. Big-body organisations like philanthropic foundations
  3. Schools
  4. The individual

Question M: Why is the obesogenic environment ethically wrong?

  1. Children have the right to health
  2. The double burden of disease is making inequity greater
  3. Chickens are pumped with hormones and antibiotics
  4. The food industry is manipulating our bodies and our minds

Question N: Where is obesity most prevalent in Australia?

  1. In marginalised populations
  2. In rural communities
  3. In the metropolitan
  4. Everywhere

Question O: Rates of obesity are _____ and rising _____ in low SES as in high SES

  1. Twice as high; faster
  2. Three times as high; at the same rate
  3. Twice as low; slower
  4. 50 times as high; so fast we can’t measure it

Question P: Who in Europe are most vulnerable to the effects of obesity?

  1. Women and children
  2. Women
  3. Children
  4. Refugees

Question Q: What is a protective factor for obesity?

  1. Education
  2. Employment
  3. Income
  4. Ethnicity

Question R: Where do people live longer?

  1. In countries with lower levels of inequality
  2. In countries with a less prominent obesogenic environment
  3. In developed countries
  4. In Japan

Question S: How much more expensive are food prices in the Northern Territory than urban centres?

  1. 45%
  2. 50%
  3. 60%
  4. 10%

Question T: Are fat taxes bad?

  1. Potentially – they are regressive because they’ll affect the poor and only exacerbate the inequity
  2. Potentially – but they are addressing the issue
  3. Yes
  4. No

Question U: Who is a keen advocator for overcoming childhood obesity?

  1. Jamie Oliver and myself
  2. Jamie Oliver
  3. Gordon Ramsay and not me cause he’s scary
  4. Donald Trump


Now go and count up how many questions you answered A, B, C or D to and see which category you belong to.

Mostly 1’s: Well done! Obviously you have read through our blog and hopefully the facts and knowledge you have acquired make you better equipped for future public health debates. Not only have you personally gained some vital knowledge but are now part of the Ending Childhood Obesity Army – Welcome.

Mostly 2’s: Fantastic work. Most of your answers were 90% correct but just not perfect but hey, isn’t that what life is about? Hopefully you have acquired some handy facts and pieces of knowledge that will better your intellect and add a bit of spice to your future endeavours… especially as a new member of the Ending Childhood Obesity Army. Welcome!

Mostly 3’s: Good try.  Unfortunately, you didn’t get enough questions correct to join the Ending Childhood Obesity Army but if you would like to join the army then maybe re-read over our blog posts.

Mostly 4’s: Mate… you can’t be part of the army just yet. Maybe start by reading our blog posts.