NHPA Obesity

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NHPA

Obesity

Description of Obesity

Excess body Fat measured by Body Mass Index (weight by Height squared)

BMI is only relevant to Caucasians over 18 yrs of age

(see www. betterhealth.vic.gov.au)

Obese = a BMI over 30

Why is Obesity an NHPA?

About ½ of Australian adults are overweight or obese

High body mass is responsible for 7.6 % of the total burden of disease in Australia

Increase in Diabetes linked to Obesity

Males (45 -65 yrs of age),Indigenous and socioeconomically disadvantaged groups most at risk of Obesity

What are the risk factors?

The health problems linked to obesity are:-

Depression, Cancer, High blood pressure,

Sleep apnea (can’t breath when sleeping),

Type 2 diabetes, Arthritis, Asthma, Stroke,

Coronary Heart Disease/heart attacks, Gall

Bladder disease, Pregnancy complications

Health Promotion Programs

Australia Measures Up – National Obesity

Campaign

www.measureup.gov.au

Healthy Habits for Life – a guide for parents

www.health.gov.au

Healthy Places, Healthy Spaces

www.healthyplaces.org.au

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program

www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au

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