Obesity : Obesity And Obesity

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Overweight and Obesity Definition of Obesity Obesity is a condition in which excess body fat has been accumulated on the body which then has a negative effect on the body’s health. “Obesity is a term used to describe somebody who is very overweight with a high degree of body fat. Being a little overweight may not cause many noticeable problems, but once you are carrying a few extra kilograms, you may develop symptoms that affect your daily life.” (Health Direct, 2015). Overweight and obesity affects many Australians, the percentage of the population that fall into these categories is shocking, prevention tactics need to be used quickly. Being overweight and obesity are defined by the world Health Organisation using the body mass index.…show more content…
In Australia “there has been an increase in the proportion of 5-17 year olds who were overweight or obese since 1995, with 25.7% of children overweight or obese in 2011-12.” (Better Health Channel, 2015). According to the ABS: In 2014-15, 63.4% of Australian Adults were overweight or obese (11.2 million people) similar to 62.8% in 2011-12 and 56.3% in 1995. Around 1 in 4 (27.4%) children aged 5-17 years were overweight or obese, compared to (25.7%) in 2011-12. (Abs.gov.au, 2016) Men and women living in inner regional, outer regional and remote areas of Australia are more likely to be overweight or obese, compared with men and women living in major cities. The disease has become a huge factor in causing other serious diseases and even sometimes death. “Obesity and other non-communicable diseases are now the world’s biggest killers, causing an estimated 35 million deaths each year, 60% of all deaths globally” (Better Health Channel, 2015). Obesity is particularly prevalent among those in the most disadvantaged socioeconomic groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and many people born overseas. Obesity is also more prevalent in rural and remote areas compared to urban areas (ABS, 2008). (ABS, 2016) The chart above presents the percentages of the Australian adult (18+) population who were overweight or obese in 1995, 2007-08, 2011-12 and 2014-15. It also shows that a higher percentage of men were found to be obese in all
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