4842.0.55.001 - Overweight and Obesity in Adults in Australia: A Snapshot, 2007–08
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/05/2011 First Issue
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One in four Australian adults obese
One in four Australians aged 18 years and over were obese in 2007-08, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Since 1995, the rate of obesity has risen from 19% to 24%, with men gaining weight faster than women.
There were just as many people overweight (37%) as there were people of normal weight (37%) in 2007-08, a slight shift from 1995 when there were more people of normal weight (41%) than there were people overweight (38%).
Rates of obesity were related to a number of environmental and socio-economic conditions:
The consequences of this level of overweight and obesity are increased risks of chronic health conditions, increased health service use and increased mortality.
More details can be found in Overweight and Obesity in Adults in Australia: A Snapshot (cat. no. 4842.0.55.001).
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