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Obesity Overweight Australia

Obesity Overweight Australia

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Published by Jakob Hechenberger
Australia is today ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed world
Australia is today ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed world

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Published by: Jakob Hechenberger on Jul 30, 2012
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 Australia is today ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed worldObesity in Australia
 
InAustralia,morethan17millionAustraliansareoverweightorobese.
 
MorethanfourmillionAustraliansareobese(BMI>30.0kg/m2).
 
Ifweightgaincontinuesatcurrentlevels,by2020,80%ofallAustralianadultsandathirdofallchildrenwillbeoverweightorobese.
 
ObesityhasovertakensmokingastheleadingcauseofprematuredeathandillnessinAustralia.
 
ObesityhasbecomethesinglebiggestthreattopublichealthinAustralia.
 
Onthebasisofpresenttrendswecanpredictthatbythetimetheyreachtheageof20ourkidswillhaveashorterlifeexpectancythanearliergenerationssimplybecauseofobesity.
 
AboriginalandTorresStraitIslanderAustraliansare1.9timesaslikelyasnon-indigenousAustralianstobeobese.
Secondary Complications
 
Morethan900,000Australianssufferfromdiabetes.
 
AboriginalandTorresStraitIslanderAustralianshavethefourthhighestrateofType2diabetes(non-insulindependentdiabetesmellitus,orNIDDM)intheworldandare1.9timesaslikelyasnon-indigenousAustralianstobeobese.
 
Australiansreportingheart,strokeandvasculardiseasesaged15yearsandoverweremuchmorelikelytobeclassifiedasoverweightorobesethanthosewithoutheartstrokeandvasculardisease(65%comparedwith51%).
 
Healthdisordersinchildrenliketype2diabetes,highbloodpressure,asthma,hypertensionandsleepapneacanbedirectlyattributedtochildhoodobesity.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD) account for approximately quarter of the burden ofdisease in Australia, and just under two-thirds of all deaths. These three diseases often occur together and share risk factors,such as physical inactivity, overweight and obesity and high blood pressure.

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