- The Australian Institute have just released a shocking new report which reveals that 71 per cent of Australian men are now overweight or obese.
- One in five kids are also considered overweight before they start school.
- Worse still, the Country South Australia area has the highest prevalence of overweight or obese people – at 73 per cent of adults.
We’re all aware that obesity is on the rise in Australia and around the world…
But, new research released by the Australian government for 2014–15 has revealed that nearly two out of every three adults are now considered to be overweight or obese as well as one in every four kids. Not only is our country’s collective waistline growing, but it’s having a massive effect on our nation’s hip pocket too.
In 2011–12, obesity cost the Australian healthcare system $8.6 billion and PwC Australia have estimated that if this trend continues, it will end up costing $87.7 billion over the next 10 years! But according to the report, if all Australians at risk of weight-related diseases lost around three kilograms each, it would greatly improve their overall health.
The results also revealed that Indigenous Australians and those living outside of major cities were more likely to be overweight or obese. Not surprisingly, food and nutrition was an influencing factor, with research pointing the finger at our excessive consumption of foods high in unhealthy fats and sugar. One more reason for a sugar tax perhaps?