We're losing the battle of the bulge!


An alarming new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has revealed the extent of the health crisis facing our nation. The key findings paint a grim picture of the average Aussie as an inactive, overweight adult who doesn't eat enough fruit and vegetables.

The report found that 61% of Australian adults have a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 25, putting them in the overweight or obese categories.

"We all know what we need to do in order to lead a healthier lifestyle. The problem is that, for some reason, we're ignoring our better judgement," said Maurice Swanson, CEO of the Heart Foundation (WA Division).

"Eat more fruit and veg, cut back on foods high in sugar, salt and saturated fat, move your body more – these are simple things. We need to make a concerted effort to achieve a healthier weight."

The statistics also suggest that 60% of us also have a "grabbable gut", putting us at a higher risk of developing serious diseases.

"A waist circumference over 94cm (for men) and 80cm (for women) is an indicator that you could be carrying too much "toxic fat' - the type of fat which surrounds our organs and has strong links to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers," Mr Swanson explained.

This week, LiveLighter launched a free Meal and Activity Planner to help Western Australians establish healthier habits and work to reduce their weight.

"We hope this useful tool will provide some extra support for those wanting to "LiveLighter'. However, if your BMI is over 40, you should consider going to your doctor or health professional for some expert advice about the best way to achieve a healthier weight," Mr Swanson continued.

For more healthy lifestyle information, or to register for the free LiveLighter Meal and Activity Planner, visit www.livelighter.com.au.


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Report Snapshot

(Risk factor trends: Age patterns in key health risks over time – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Report available at: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737422803 )

  • Around 70% or adults aren't active enough to get any health benefits.
  • 93% of adults don't eat the recommended 5 servings of vegetables daily.
  • 68% of Australian adult men are overweight or obese, along with 55% of women.
  • 60% are "abdominally obese'.