We all want to be healthy, and we know being overweight or obese is a risk for many health problems in the long run. Managing your weight comes down to an overall healthy lifestyle, which is focused on eating nutritious foods and keeping physically active in a way that is sustainable, and enjoyable.
Unfortunately, more and more Australians are becoming overweight or obese. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare tells us that during 2011-12:
- Almost two in three Australians are overweight or obese
- 10 percent more adults are overweight or obese than in 1995
- Overweight and obesity is the second highest contributer to burden of disease (behind smoking).
Associated health problems
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol levels
- Gall bladder disease
- Some cancers
- Fatty liver