Australian Obesity Stats


Australia, we are overweight. Alarmingly so. Worse, we are getting fatter.

In 2014-2015, a staggering 63.4 percent of Australian adults were overweight or obese — well over half of our nation’s population. That’s almost two in three adults. This is an increase from 1995, which was 56.3 percent, illustrating that the problem is getting worse.

The medical world generally defines ‘overweight’ as a condition in which a person’s weight is 10 to 20 percent higher than ‘normal’, as defined by a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 30.

‘Obesity’ is defined as a condition in which a person’s weight is 20 percent or more above ‘normal’ weight, or has a BMI of 30 or more.

‘Morbid obesity’ refers to an individual who is either 50 to 100 percent over ‘normal’ weight, or sufficiently overweight to the point that their condition interferes with health or normal functioning.

The problem goes far beyond aesthetics. As described by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, excess weight– especially obesity — is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, some musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers. As the level of excess weight increases, so does the risk of developing these conditions. In addition, being overweight can hamper the ability to control or manage chronic disorders.

Twenty-two percent of Aussies in 2012 had cardiovascular disease, which is the number one cause of death and sickness in our country, while 280 Australians develop diabetes every single day. That’s one person every five minutes

The World Needs The Clothesline Diet Club!!!!

Transformation Stories

Growing up as a child and teenager, I was the average sized person but always fit and healthy. As I grew into an adult, I used to attend a gym at 3 times per week. But then in 2013 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, forcing me to need treatment. Obviously my treatment was more important than anything else, so needed to focus on that.

During the course of my treatment and afterwards, I gained lots of weight – 30kg in fact. There’s no real explanation for gaining weight, but I blew out. Once I became stable, I needed to focus on myself again and find something that was going to help me lose my weight again. I needed to find a place where I wasn’t going to feel intimidated or embarrassed. And that’s when I came across Karen Gatt and The Clothesline Diet Club.

I started at the club in March 2015.

All l knew was that l needed to make a change in my life, with my weight.

I said to myself if l could get through breast cancer, that l could do anything. So it was time to change my life. I made a deal with myself that nothing is going to hold me back now.

The day when l walked in for appointment with Karen, l knew that it was going to be the best decision l will ever make in my life. Listening to Karen about her journey l knew that it was the right place for me. I have been to so many other gym in my life, but l have never received the support that l get from the clothesline diet club.

I love walking into the club there’s lots of life and inspiration everywhere.

Karen’s energy is amazing she is full of life and believes in her members. Karen focus on each member individual, she knows what members need to losses weight.

For example with my PT’s that l do every week and love doing, Karen knows what l am capable of doing. Having the ability to achieve my fitness to a higher level that l still can’t believe that l could do, but l did with Karen’s help. Karen stands by my side for the whole 45 mins of each PT and encourages me all the way.

Losing 30kgs and 82cms has really given me a new way of living. I feel so good inside and out. I know that l still have a long way to go, but l am so proud of myself of where l have gotten so far.

I want to say a huge thank you to Karen and Jason for all the support, guidance, words of encouragement and always believing in me. Myself and all the members are so blessed to have a club that we feel so comfortable.

So keep up the great work you are doing Karen Gatt, you are changing so many lives everyday.

That’s why l call you CHAMP.

– Mary

My name is Judy and I am 55 years old. Up until two years ago, I felt that I was at the point of despair. My blood pressure was through the roof, I was more than 40kg overweight and because I was getting chest pains, I felt that I was going to die. I was always out of breath and struggled getting around, having to rest multiple times in a single journey. I knew about Karen through attending her support groups many years ago, but when I heard that she was opening a new club for overweight people, a place where no one is judged, I knew there and then that I had to give it a go.


I started my journey with The Clothesline Diet Club in 2014, the day that the club opened as a weight loss gym. I was ready to change my life, simply by knowing that I didn’t have a future if I didn’t. When I first started, I had to be careful because I was on very strong medication for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. From the second I walked in the door, Karen treated me with the utmost respect and worked very closely with me to get me on my journey. Although my journey hasn’t been easy, Karen has been by my side every step of the way and I love it. I have now learnt to power walk, jog, run and even skip – things I could never do before. I have lost 35 kilograms and 86 centimetres and with regular visits to my doctor to check my health, I have halved my tablets on three occasions, which makes me so really happy. My doctor actually told me that the next time I visit for my health check, there is a very strong possibility that I will be taken off medication all together. Now my life is so different thanks to Karen and The Clothesline Diet Club and all of its members for supporting me through my journey.


I have gone from a size 28 to 14, and feel so much better. I have a lot more energy to do things that I have never done before. I take it day by day and it works, I never take things for granted and although I’m still on my journey and have a way to go, I remain focused. I have learnt many things during my journey at the club and love helping and inspiring others to do the same. Anyone can change if they want to.

– Judy

Before starting my journey I felt as if I was in a hole. I had no motivation, no goals and no confidence. I joined a gym in hope to change my lifestyle but I felt I was more disappointed and ashamed in myself. I didn’t have any support, guidance or anyone to coach me through to keep me going.


I heard about The Clothesline Diet Club through a friend and when I read about Karen’s journey, I related to many of her experiences which inspired to make contact with Karen herself personally.


My lifestyle journey to date hasn’t been anywhere easy, but not once have I ever felt like giving up. Karen and the other club members have been like a second family to me and have provided their unconditional support which has been incredible every step of the way over the past year and a half. The atmosphere is amazing, I have made new friends and feel wonderful to be sharing and going through this life experience with beautiful people. I have lost over 25 kilograms and 70 centimetres and maintained my weight with hard work and healthier eating options.


Karen has taught me so much about believing in myself and to have a “can do” attitude. I now have a positive strong-willed mindset for the first time in over 20 years. I feel new and ready to try new things in my life with my confidence growing. I have had the courage to quit smoking, buy a swim suit and actually wear it, rather than just look at it for the first time in 20 years. My health has improved immensely, making me feel even more inspired and ready to take on any new challenge. Without the club, I don’t know where I would be today, nor the life I would be living. I am so grateful for such a wonderful place where I love to come and feel comfortable with being myself and without judgement. THANK YOU to The Clothesline Diet Club.

– Helen