Overweight and obesity in Australia

John A Hawley and David W Dunstan
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb01835.x
Published online: 2 June 2008

To the Editor: Australians are fatter than they have ever been before. The prevalence of overweight and obesity (body mass index ≥ 25.0 kg/m2, or waist circumference > 80 cm for women or > 94 cm for men) in Australian adults is approaching 60% for both sexes and has more than doubled in the past 25 years.1

  • 1 School of Medical Sciences, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 International Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, VIC.



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