Obesity : The Rate Of Overweight And Obesity Essay

2210 Words Jun 4th, 2016 9 Pages
1. Description of the issue
• What the issue actually is
Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. There are many simple ways of calculating obesity. Such as BMI. BMI is a simple index of weight-for-height that is commonly used to classify overweight and obesity in adults. It is defined as a person 's weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters. • How prevalent the problem is (Australian incidence, prevalence, morbidity and mortality figures. Use graphs and table for this section where appropriate)

Australian prevalence: the rates of overweight and obesity amongst adults have doubled over the past 20 years. Australia has now been ranked as one of the fattest nations in the world.

Children and adolescents: Around 20-25% of Australian children in 1995, aged 7-15 years were considered to be overweight or obese. This is double the prevalence recorded in 1986.

Adults: In 2004-05, some 41% of males and 25% of females were classified as overweight. 18% of males and 17% of females were classified as obese. When compared to results from 1995, using the same measure, the proportion of adults classified as overweight or obese has increased substantially. In 1995, 38% of males and 21% of females were classified as overweight and 11% of males and 11% of females were classified as obese

• Almost 2 in 3 Australian adults (63%) are overweight or obese

• More adults are overweight or obese than…

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