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The risks of being overweight

Today’s modern lifestyle has impacted on our ability to maintain a healthy weight.

The number of Australians who are overweight has been increasing and in fact in Australia today it is of great concern that about 60% of adults and 25% of children are carrying too much weight.

What can cause us to become overweight?

Although there may be some genetic factors involved, the key reasons why many of us are increasing in weight include:

How does being overweight affect our health?

Along with affecting our daily health, wellbeing, energy and fitness levels, being overweight can over time greatly increase our risk factors for health problems and diseases such as:

  • type-2 diabetes
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • high blood cholesterol levels
  • gall bladder disease
  • Some cancers
  • arthritis
  • sleeping problems
  • sexual health problems.

How do I know if I am overweight?

It is important to check if you are a healthy weight. See the information in the Healthy weight section.

Where do I start to improve my weight and lifestyle?

To achieve a healthier weight:

Take some steps today towards a healthy weight

Every little change makes a great difference!

By eating well and being active you will be well on the way to reducing your weight, and having an enjoyable and healthy lifestyle.

Check out the following websites for some more great information and ideas:

 

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