Upsizing Australia's waistline: the dangers of "meal deals"

David Cameron-Smith, Shane A Bilsborough and Timothy C Crowe
Med J Aust 2002; 177 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb05021.x
Published online: 9 December 2002

To the Editor: Over the past 20 years, the prevalence of obesity in the Australian population has more than doubled — from 8.1% in 1981 to 20.5% in 2000.1,2 The rapid and widespread nature of the obesity epidemic suggests that environmental change is a major contributing factor.


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  • 2. Dunstan D, Zimmet P, Welborn T, et al. Diabesity and associated disorders in Australia 2000: the accelerating epidemic. Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Report. Melbourne, International Diabetes Institute, 2001.
  • 3. Burns C, Jackson M, Gibbons C, Stoney RM. Foods prepared outside the home: association with selected nutrients and body mass index in adult Australians. Public Health Nutr 2002; 5: 441-448.
  • 4. From wallet to waistline: the hidden costs of super sizing. Washington, DC: National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity, June 2002. Available at <>. Accessed 8 November 2002.
  • 5. Australian and New Zealand Food Authority. Available at <>. Accessed 8 November 2002.
  • 6. National nutrition survey: selected highlights, Australia 1995. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1998.


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