By: Adam SowdenPosted: March 12, 2018 12:15PMMore than a quarter of the country’s population are either overweight or obese, with a staggering 40% of them overweight or overweight, according to a study released today.
It is the most severe problem that the Australian Government has seen, with one in three adults aged over 50 suffering from this condition, according the research from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The report, published today by the AIHW, also found that nearly two thirds of the Australian population are overweight or obesity, with the highest numbers of people aged under 40.
It also found about one in 10 Australian adults are obese or overweight.
The report also found Australians are spending $7.6 billion a year on health-related goods and services, which means the cost of obesity is expected to reach $20 billion by 2030.
The problem is worse in the states of NSW, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia, the report found.
In NSW, around one in five adults is obese, but the highest proportion of overweight and obese adults are in the state’s north and the south.
In Victoria, the figure is closer to one in two.
The biggest health concern is the issue of poor diets.
Around one in seven adults in Western Australia is overweight or overweight, with over one in ten overweight and obesity adults.
Around four in 10 adults in NSW are obese, while the state has the highest prevalence of overweight.
Across Victoria, one in four adults are overweight, but only one in nine are obese.
The state also has the lowest proportion of adults who are obese in its metropolitan area, with just under one in six adults in the metropolitan region overweight or underweight.
It’s not just the states that have the problem, the AIW report found, with obesity in the country at least in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane is particularly prevalent.
More:The Australian Institute for Health and a Welfare Welfare report, The State of Obesity in Australia, also recommends the government create a national body to monitor trends in obesity.
The ABC understands the government is looking at ways to better target obesity prevention efforts in the areas of education, prevention, nutrition and health promotion.
The government has not yet made any comments on the report.
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