Excess weight, especially obesity, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers. As the level of excess weight increases, so does the risk of developing these conditions. In addition, being overweight can hamper the ability to control or manage chronic conditions.
More reports and statistics on overweight & obesity can be found under Food & nutrition and Physical activity.
25 Feb 2021
Web report |
27 Nov 2020
In 2017–18, 1 in 4 (25%) children and adolescents aged 2–17 were overweight or obese
Children who have an active parent are more likely to be active than those with an inactive parent
Spending on meals out of home and fast food has risen over time
One in four (25%) children and adolescents aged 2–17 were overweight or obese in 2017–18
2 in 3 (67%) adults were overweight or obese in 2017–18—36% were overweight but not obese and 31% were obese
60% of men and 66% of women in 2017–18 had a waist circumference that indicated a high risk of metabolic complications
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