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


• 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