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
• 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

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