Video: The cost of obesity in life and death
Obesity is among the top risk factors for ill-health in Australia & can lead to diabetes, heart attack, stroke and even cancer.
Nearly two-thirds of Australian adults were overweight or obese in 2014-2015 and those numbers continue to rise.
Its effects are costing us a fortune in life and death:
- Hospitals have already had to modify services to accommodate larger patients;
- Regular coffins & cremators are too small for their inhabitants necessitating the provision of larger coffins and larger entrances to cremators to cater to the average Australian’s increased girth; and
- Bigger coffins mean larger graves, despite metropolitan areas already experiencing a shortage of plots.
We need to get obesity under control. Eating healthy food & regular exercise are the first steps. But there’s plenty of support – If you think you or your child are overweight, talk to your doctor, or search this website for more information.
Last Reviewed: 04/10/2018
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Video: Child obesity
Carrying excess body fat can have a range of serious consequences for children’s health, particularly in their future. There are numerous strategies available to help children manage their weight and enjoy their childhood.
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Body mass index, or BMI, is a tool used to classify your weight. Obesity is defined as a BMI greater than 30 and is a weight significantly greater than what is considered healthy for your height. Carrying excess body weight can have serious consequences for your health. It is possible to reduce your body weight to a healthy range with practical lifestyle measures.