3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2008 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/03/2010   
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When the energy consumed from food and drink is greater than the energy used, fat is deposited on the body, which over time can lead to obesity. Obesity increases the risk of many other chronic and potentially lethal diseases. There were 182 deaths registered in 2008 where Obesity (E66) was identified as the underlying cause of death. In total, there were 942 deaths where Obesity was mentioned as either underlying cause, or an associated cause of death.

In 2008, the standardised death rate for obesity was 0.8 per 100,000 of population, an increase from 0.7 per 100,000 population in 1999. The standardised death rate for males in 2008 was 0.7 per 100,000 males and 0.9 per 100,000 for females.

Of those deaths where Obesity was the underlying cause, 79 (43%) were male, and 103 (57%) were female. The median age at death due to Obesity for males was 56.5 years and 64.6 years for females. Median age at death was 62.3 years for all deaths due to Obesity. Potential life lost from deaths due to obesity was 1,566 years for males and 1,575 years for females.

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