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4842.0.55.001 - Overweight and Obesity in Adults in Australia: A Snapshot, 2007–08  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/05/2011  First Issue
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Health status

People who are overweight, and particularly those who are obese, have higher rates of premature death and chronic illness than people of normal weight, both overall and from a range of specific conditions(footnote 1) . Some of these conditions include cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnoea, osteoarthritis, psychological problems and reproductive problems for women.

In this section, a number of long-term health conditions are examined to see whether they are more prevalent among people who were overweight or obese in Australia.

1 WHO (World Health Organisation) 2000. Obesity: preventing and managing the global epidemic. Report of a WHO consultation. Technical report series 894. Geneva: WHO <back




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