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Australia – The Fattest Nation

Posted on | June 2, 2011 | No Comments

An alarming report has recently highlighted that AUSTRALIA has now become the fattest nation in the world (overtaking the USA).  The statistics have shown 9 millions adults are classed as overweight or obese according to their BMI status.  The question is – ARE YOU ONE OF THESE 9 MILLION PEOPLE?  If you are, there are some grim facts about being overweight.

Being Overweight is expensive:

  • Overweight people take more medication and visit the doctor more frequently.
  • It’s predicted that if the obesity crisis doesn’t stop, in the next 20 years, $6 billion dollars will be needed to cover the health bills attributed to the additional heart conditions caused by obesity.

Obesity causes health problems:

  • You increase your risk of heart attack and stroke if you are overweight / obese
  • Based on current evidence and statistics, 700, 000 people will be admitted to hospital for cardiovascular (heart / blood pressure) problems.
  • The chances of suffering from Diabetes and Cancer also increases with weight gain.

Being overweight shortens your life expectancy:

  • It’s estimated that at current statistics, 123, 000 premature deaths will occur due to weight related illnesses.

Other report findings:

  • 72% middle aged men and 58% middle aged women are overweight / obese.
  • Those at higher risk of premature death due to obesity are 70% men and 60% women aged 45 to 64.
  • Australia has the fastest growing childhood obesity rates

So, the question I asked was – is this you? Are you part of these statistics? If you are, do you want to suffer a horrible diseased existence until you potentially die earlier than you should? Hopefully you think “NO”.  The great news is, these statistics can be changed and prevented by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, normal BMI and correct diet and exercise habits.

Report: Australia’s Future ‘Fat Bomb’, from Melbourne’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.

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