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Obesity Reduces an Indivuals´ Life Span

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The average weight of the population is on rise, not only in Australia but throughout the world, by 2025 the World Health Organisation has estimated that round 300 million people will meet the criteria to be classed as overweight or obese (World Health Organisation, 1998). Over the last couple decades Australia has seen a noticeable shift towards an increase in the populations Body Mass Index, which data has shown is accounted from by weight gain and not height changes (National Health Survey, 2008). If an individuals BMI is greater than 25 they are considered overweight and if it is greater than 30 they are considered obese (Australian Safety & Compensation Council, 2008). The National Health Survey in 1995showed that 57% of the adult population aged 18 years or more was classed as meeting the required BMI to be considered overweight or obese, in 2008 61% of the population was classed as overweight or obese (ABS, 2008), this percentage stayed stable to 2012 (ABS, 2012). The increase in adults is alarming, but an increase in prevalence for overweight and obesity in children raises concern for the health of future generations. A report conducted by the Australian National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey 2007 found one quarter of Australian children aged between 5 and 17 were found to be overweight or obese(Australian Government, Department of Health, 2007), a number which has been on the rise since 1985 (ABS, 2008). Obesity in childhood has been found
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