Obesity in Australia
Today a global study published in The Lancet medical journal shows obesity rates are climbing worldwide, with Australasia experiencing the biggest increase in adult obesity since 1980.
The study examines data from 188 countries, concluding that there has worldwide increase in obesity rates, with Australia and New Zealand seeing the largest absolute increase.
An estimated 11 million Australian adults are now overweight, as are a quarter of all Australian children.
Reporter Rose Houghton spoke to Rob Moodie professor of public health at the University of Melbourne and Jane Martin from the Obesity Policy Coalition.