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Obesity

What is "Obesity"?

"Obesity" is an unhealthy excess of body weight and fat.

Obesity is becoming an epidemic of modern day life. In Australia today, nearly 60% of adults are overweight or obese, and 4 - 6% suffer morbid obesity. More and more of our children are becoming obese.

The various causes of obesity are inter-related. They include:

  • Inherited genes
  • Underlying physiology - e.g., body type, shape, metabolism
  • Environmental factors - e.g., inactive lifestyle, eating too much

A measure of obesity is theBody Mass Index or (BMI)Body Mass Index or (BMI).

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