Obesity and overweight
Many Australians are overweight or obese and at higher risk of developing chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Find out what we’re doing to reduce and prevent obesity in Australia.
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- about two thirds of adults are overweight or obese
- almost one quarter of 5 to 17 year olds are overweight or obese
Being overweight or obese means you are at a higher risk of getting a related illness, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, osteoarthritis and some types of cancer.
What we’re doing about obesity and overweight
To reduce and prevent obesity in Australia, we:
- held a National Obesity Summit in Canberra in 2019 — this brought together experts to explore the causes of obesity and what we can do about it
- funded the National Health and Medical Research Council to review and update the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Adolescents and Children
- are acting on the recommendations of the Select Committee into the Obesity Epidemic — see their final report from December 2018
- work with states and territories to develop a National Obesity Strategy