It's no secret: the alarming increase of overweight and obese adults and children in developed nations around the World (including Australia) has been described as a global epidemic; drastically shortening the lives of millions and costing billions of dollars in tax-payer funded health care.
For the first time since 1995, the 2007-08 National Health Survey (NHS) revealed the frightening truth that a staggering 61.4% of the Australian population are either overweight or obese.
These statistics can be broken down in the following ways1:
• 42.1% of adult males and 30.9% of adult females were classified as overweight, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 25.0 and 30.0 kg/m2.
• 25.6% of males and 24% of females were classified as obese, with a BMI greater than 30.0 kg/m2. The statistics are just as alarming for older Australian’s:
• 39.9% and 35% of males between the ages of 55-64 are overweight and obese, respectively;
• 45.1% and 33.9% of males between the ages of 65-74 are overweight and obese, respectively; and
• 52.8% and 21.5% of males over the age of 75 are overweight and obese, respectively.
And for females:
• 34.6% and 33.4% of females between the ages of 55-64 are overweight and obese, respectively;
• 42% and 29.4% of females between the ages of 65-74 are overweight and obese, respectively; and
• 31.8% and 25.1% of females over the age of 75 are overweight and obese, respectively.
The flow-on effects of these shocking figures are many and varied, including musculo-skeletal problems, cardiovascular disease, some cancers, sleep apnoea, type-2 diabetes, and hypertension, to name only a few.2
The good news is that many of these problems can be avoided by simply changing one’s diet and by engaging in a healthy and active lifestyle.
Of course, BODYOLOGY is a great first step to shedding that fat and providing that all important source of motivation necessary for the ultimate lifestyle change!
1 Australian Bureau of Statistics 2008, National Health Survey 2007-08, Cat 4364.0 2 World Health Organisation 2000, Obesity: Preventing and Managing the Global Epidemic, WHO Technical Report Series 894.
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