Australian health facts
Overweight and obesity affects 63% of Australian adults and 25% of Aussie kids.
We gain weight when we eat more energy (kilojoules) than we use up through exercise or activity.
Gaining weight can increase your risk of health problems, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. People with most of their body fat around their waist are at an increased risk.
Facts for Aussie women
The latest statistics show one in five 18-24 year old women are overweight and 15% are obese.
Overweight and obesity has been linked to ovarian, uterine, kidney and bowel cancers in women. If you are obese, your risk of heart disease is doubled and your risk of diabetes is seven-fold higher, compared with women of a healthy weight
Australian women spend more than $400 million per year trying to lose weight. According to a survey of 445 Australian women aged 18-32 years, around two-thirds had used at least one weight loss method in the 12 months prior to the survey. And of these women, they had outlaid around $440 on average over the 12 months in their quest to be slim.
83% of people who go on weight loss diets regain everything they have lost (plus more) in two years.
Only one in 10 Australians who are trying to lose weight seek advice from a dietitian.
Risk factors for weight gain in young women include: a high BMI at the start of adulthood, sitting more than 4.5 hours per day, eating take-aways regularly and following restrictive eating practices
Australia's Healthy Weight Week wants to help you get it right. To lose weight, keep it off and be healthy and happy for life.
Successful weight loss needs a life-long commitment to a healthy lifestyle, including eating healthy foods and keeping physically active in a way that you can maintain and enjoy.
To make that commitment and achieve your goals, see an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). An APD is your diet coach - they can tailor an eating plan to your individual lifestyle and support and motivate you to make changes for life.