SYN 90.7

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. 


More by Panorama


Rio Tinto’s exit from Bougainville

Rio Tinto’s decision to walk away from its mining interests on the island of Bougainville, an automomous region of Papua New Guinea, […]


Uber to be legalised in Victoria

The Victorian government yesterday announced plans to radically shake up the taxi industry and regulate Uber. But what does this mean for […]


CFA dispute explained

For three years, the United Firefighters Union has been in negotiations with the Victorian Government over improving the working conditions of its […]