Ex­er­cise & Sports Sci­ence Aus­tralia wants us to lose weight

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

IN re­sponse to a new obe­sity re­port, Ex­er­cise & Sports Sci­ence Aus­tralia (ESSA) is call­ing on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to take ac­tion to curb the long-term, dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on our health sys­tem. Ac­cord­ing to the Over­weight and Obe­sity Re­port is­sued by the Na­tional Health Per­for­mance Au­thor­ity, obe­sity is escalating with the per­cent­age of adults who are over­weight or obese in­creas­ing with ge­o­graphic re­mote­ness and lower so­cioe­co­nomic sta­tus. In 1989, only 11 per cent of adults were obese while 28 per cent of Aus­tralian adults were bat­tling the con­di­tion in 2011-12, putting Aus­tralia at sev­enth among de­vel­oped coun­tries for rates of obe­sity for peo­ple aged 15 years and over.

Ex­er­cise & Sports Sci­ence Aus­tralia’s (ESSA) ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Anita Hob­sonPow­ell, be­lieves the on­slaught will not slow down un­less the gov­ern­ment changes its ap­proach to obe­sity and treats it with the same fer­vour and ur­gency as it would any other epi­demic.

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