Australian Obesity Issues

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Obesity, is a common disease today, due to the over snacking, over-eating and frequent expansion of fast food joints and ‘non-natural foods’ (added sugar, flavouring, etc.), found on the supermarket shelves. As a nation, obesity needs to be combated. Individuals and families, communities, health services, non-government organisations, industry and governments need to be striving together, to aim for overweight and obesity to be tackled as well as the sufferers to be helped in Australia, and hopefully around the world (Australia the Healthiest Country by 2020, Australian Government Publication.)

This statement is very accurate as a 2009 report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) predicted that there would be
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Obesity leads to joint problems (eg. arthritis), high blood pressure, heart disease, gallbladder problems, certain types of cancer, digestive disorders, breathing difficulties, psychological problems (eg. depression), problems with fertility and pregnancy, urinary inconsistency and a shorter life expectancy (obesityaction.org). Another major problem is the cost of obesity, due to the amount of food needing to be produced for the consumption of the Australian population, and even more needing to be produced because of the excessive over-buying leading to over-eating and thus, resulting in obesity and becoming overweight. All the products produced are obviously paid for by consumers, however consumers are not just buying the food but are purchasing the packaging, paying for the delivery of the items, additional charge for companies profit and many other …show more content…
LiveLighter is a program developed in Western Australia which aims to “encourage Australian adults to lead healthier lifestyles - to make changes to what they eat and drink, and to be more active.”
The campaigns aim to help people understand what simple changes they can make and why they need to take action of their health in order to 'LiveLighter '. These campaigns also make aware that the environment is impacted on the choices of food and drinks, etc. that is made, not just the health of the person. These companies campaign for less promotion of junk food, improving access to healthy food, better food labelling and infrastructure and policies to encourage people to be more active. Rethink Sugary Drink is making consumers aware the amount of sugar in sweetened beverages such as a soft drink, energy drinks and sports drinks, they aim to encourage Australians to rethink their sugary drink consumption and change to drinking water, reduced-fat milk or unsweetened options. This company also have a partnership with 12 other health campaigns. The Australian Government has multiple campaigns in place for children and adults; Get set 4 Life - Habits for Healthy Kids, this campaign helps parents to encourage their children in healthy eating and activities. The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program, runs school and out-of-school

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