Obesity In Australia

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OBESITY IN AUSTRALIA Obesity is a worldwide phenomenon. It is a phenomenon in which there is accumulation of fat in the body due to the calorie intake being more than the calorie expenditure. Obesity is one of those diseases which can affect people of any age. There are a number of factors and reasons due to which people become a victim of this disease. According to Justin Healey (2012), Obesity can also lead to life threatening diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and many other diseases and it obesity is also one of the most preventable diseases. As the time progresses, we have seen a tremendous increase in the number of people affected by this disease. According to the World Health Organisation,…show more content…
The main focus would be on the physical and social aspects of obesity. The physical aspect of obesity is considered as one of the major problems out of all the problems. This is due to the alteration it creates in the appearance of the individual. Obesity results in the gain of so much weight that it becomes difficult for the individual to perform basic day to day activities. The method generally used to determine the weight class of the individual is called as the Body Mass Index (BMI). According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), in the year 2011-2012, over a quarter of the Australian children population in the age group between 5 years and 17 years were found to be either obese or overweight. This is a significant number and the Government of Australia is trying its best to get things back under…show more content…
According to ABS, in the year 2004-2005, around 62% of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male population and around 58% of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander female population aged from 17-55 were found to be either obese or overweight. It was also found that the majority of the obese and overweight individuals were on the higher side of the age category. Monash University found out that an Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander is 1.9 times more likely to be obese or overweight than a non-Indigenous Australian. Physical aspects can be dealt with in many different ways. The most popular way to deal with obesity is exercise and a clean diet. These two factors are enforced by many obese individuals in the quest of reaching their ultimate goal that is losing weight. There are many more ways of dealing with obesity. The other way of approach is to undergo surgery. There are many kinds of surgery as well for example Liposuction, Bariatric Surgery etc. which can result in weight loss. According to Dixon. J (et.al) (2005) the Bariatric Surgery is one of the fastest growing treatment of choice in the country of Australia. The physical aspects of obesity is in sync with another aspect of obesity, which is the Social

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