· Overweight is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater. Obesity is classified as a BMI of 30 or greater. Body Mass Index is explained at www.mydr.com.au/tools/bodymass.asp
· The most recent national data based on self-reported height and weight, the 2001 National Health Survey (NHS), showed 2.4 million Australian adults were estimated to be obese - 16% of men and 17% of women aged 18 years and over, had a BMI of 30 or more (Australia’s Health 2004).
· Obesity could be a legacy of 1990s. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare says that the prevalence of obesity rose alarmingly in the 1990’s – by 71% for men, and 80% for women (A growing problem: Trends and patterns in overweight and obesity 1980 to 2001, AIHW 2003)]
· It is estimated that in
· The World Health Organisation has declared obesity a “global epidemic” (
· A further 4.9 million Australian adults were estimated to be overweight but not obese (42% of men and 25% of women aged 18 years and over, with a BMI of 25 or more but less than 30) (