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Use of health services
After adjusting for age, obese adults were more likely to have had a health check-up with a GP (70%) than normal weight and overweight adults (64% and 63% respectively). Obese women were more likely to have a health check-up (77%) than obese men (64%), keeping in mind that more women than men see a GP in general(footnote 1) .
Of the adults who had a health check-up, proportionally more obese adults saw a GP at least once a month (17%) than normal weight and overweight adults (9% and 11% respectively) (Graph 7.1).
Although obese people had a greater likelihood of seeing a GP for a health check-up than people in the normal weight and overweight ranges, they were no more likely to consult other types of health professionals.
Obese men and women were more likely to discuss healthy lifestyle issues with a health professional in the last 12 months than people in the normal weight and overweight ranges. Obese women were also more likely to discuss healthy lifestyle issues with a health professional than underweight women (Graph 7.2).
1 ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2010. Health Services: Patient Experiences in Australia, 2009. ABS Cat No. 4839.0.55.001 Canberra ABS <back