Obesity

Key points

  • The terms overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat.
  • One in three of the world's adult population is overweight and almost one in 10 is obese.
  • A healthy approach to diet and exercise can prevent obesity.
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Being obese can lead to health issues

Understanding obesity


The terms overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health.

If they [parents] truly care they've got to take control. Jamie Oliver

At least one in three of the world's adult population is overweight and almost one in 10 is obese.

There are over 20 million children under age five who are overweight.

See the World Health Organisation's figures for the nature of this global epidemic and the scale of the problem in Australia.

 


Steps to a healthy lifestyle
 

Overweight and obesity are largely preventable. The key to success is to achieve a balance between calories in and calories out – eat well and get active.


 


 

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