Overweight and Obesity


Outline of health

Excess weight, especially obesity, is a major risk factor for cardio vascular disease, type 2, some musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers. As the level of excess weight increases so does the risk of developing conditions. In addition to being overweight can effect the ability of being able to control these disorders.

Why is it a national health priority area?

rates of over weight and obesity are continuing to rise in Australia. Collecting information on these trends is important for managing the associated health problems. Over weight and obesity are the second highest burden of disease.


.1 in 4 children are overweight or obese

.15% more people living in outer regional and remote areas are over weight or obese.

.almost 2 in 3 adults are overweight.


.Too many calories are eaten

.not enough physical activity

.Behavioural and enviromental play a large role causing people to be over weight.

Treatment and prevention

.water drinking

.nonfood rewards

.patient screening

.life style change

.weight loss goals




.educating children

Local support angencies




Health Promotion strategies related to the NHPA

.Eat 5 to 6 serving of fruit and veggies daily

.choose whole grain foods such as brown rice and whole wheat bread.

.balance of food

.exersize everyday regulary for 30 mins

weigh your self often