Promoting Healthy Weight

Promoting healthy weight focuses on the prevention and management of overweight and obesity. In Australia, the 2007-08 National Health Survey showed that some 61% of the adult population (18 years and over) were overweight or obese, with 25% of these classified as obese.

Page last updated: 25 September 2009

Welcome to the Promoting Healthy Weight web page. This site provides interesting and useful information on weight and associated issues. The Healthy Living Branch within the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, focuses on the promotion of nutrition and healthy eating and participation in physical activity as a means of maintaining healthy body weight and reducing the risk of chronic disease. Participation in regular moderate intensity physical activity and a balanced and nutritious diet are key factors in controlling overweight and obesity, which are risk factors for a number of non-communicable disease such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and particular cancers.