3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration 
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Obesity increases the risk of many other chronic and potentially lethal diseases. There were 215 deaths registered in 2009 where Obesity (E66) was identified as the underlying cause of death. In total, there were 1,043 deaths for which obesity was either the underlying cause, or an associated cause of death.

In 2009, the standardised death rate for obesity was 0.9 per 100,000 of population, an increase from 0.6 per 100,000 population in 2000. The standardised death rate for males in 2009 was 1.0 per 100,000 males and 0.9 per 100,000 for females.

Of those deaths where obesity was the underlying cause, 111 (51.6%) were male, and 104 (48.4%) were female. The median age at death due to obesity for males was 55.6 years and 65.5 years for females. Median age at death was 61.1 years for all deaths due to obesity. Potential life lost from deaths due to obesity was 2,706 years for males and 1,571 years for females.

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