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!!!!