Health Facts

Health facts for Aussie men and women

Overweight and obesity affects almost 63% of Australian adults and 25% of Aussie kids. The latest statistics show 37% of 25 – 50 year old women and men are overweight and 27% are obese.

We gain weight when we eat more energy (kilojoules) than we use up through exercise or activity.

Gaining weight can increase your risk of health problems, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. People with most of their body fat around their waist, which surrounds our vital organs are at an increased risk.

Risk factors for weight gain include living in inner regional, outer regional and remote areas of Australia, and living in a lower socioeconomic area.

Sadly, only one in 10 Australians who are trying to lose weight seek advice from a dietitian.

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Australia’s Healthy Weight Week wants to help you get it right! To achieve and maintain a healthy weight, and be healthy and happy for life.

Successful weight loss needs a life-long commitment to a healthy lifestyle, including eating healthy foods and keeping physically active in a way that you can maintain and enjoy.

To make that commitment and achieve your goals, see an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). An APD is your diet coach – they can tailor an eating plan to your individual lifestyle and support and motivate you to make changes for life.