The 2011–13 Australian Health Survey results to date have highlighted the growing problem of obesity in Australia. It is estimated that 62.8% of Australian adults are now overweight or obese, with this figure increasing over the past two decades (up from 56.3% in 1995).¹
The first biomedical results from the National Health Measures Survey (NHMS) showed that being overweight or obese increased the risk of abnormal test results for nearly every chronic disease tested in the NHMS. These differences remained even after age was taken into account.
This article looks more closely at how obesity was associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and liver disease.
Source(s): Australian Health Survey: Biomedical Results for Chronic Diseases