BackgroundMore than two-thirds of adult men and about 55 per cent of adult women are overweight or obese. About one in four children aged five to 17 years are overweight or obese.
Obesity has a significant health, social and economic burden on both the individuals affected and the community. It is associated with many serious health problems including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some cancers, osteoarthritis and mental health problems.
A National Healthy Weight GuideTo help Australians to achieve or maintain a healthy weight, the Australian Government is developing a National Healthy Weight Guide for consumers which provides information and advice that reflects their lifestage.
The key messages and format has been developed in close consultation with consumers and health experts.
Who’s developing the guide?The Department of Health commissioned a consortium comprising RaggAhmed, the Boden Institute and Inca Consulting to develop the National Healthy Weight Guide.
RaggAhmed is a national health and communications consultancy with long experience in working with governments, developing guidelines and producing consumer health information.
The Boden Institute for Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders is a multidisciplinary clinical, public health and health policy research centre committed to reducing the individual and societal impact of obesity and lifestyle-related chronic disease.
Inca Consulting is a market research agency with many years of experience in the health sector.
The project is guided by a reference group which included members that have extensive practical experience in the development and implementation of national health initiatives.
Development process and timelinesTo ensure the guide will be practical, effective and complement existing resources the development process includes:
- a systematic evaluation of the evidence
- an audit of current lifestyle consumer resources
- consumer consultation
- consultation with health professionals
- consultation with experts in obesity, nutrition, physical activity, health promotion and disease prevention
- collaboration with organisations that are producing or promoting related guidelines and information for consumers and health professionals.
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