Exercise & Sports Science Australia wants us to lose weight
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.