FROM THE EDITOR
Australia is renowned for its superannuation scheme, with the compulsory system ranked among the world’s best. But many of us are living such unhealthy lives – two in three Aussie adults are overweight and 28 per cent are obese – that it begs the question, what’s the point in saving so much for retirement if we might not even reach retirement age?
It’s a question our cover stars, Joanna Metzi and Jade Mirovic, have pondered for a long time. After trying unsuccessfully for years to lose weight, both women decided to forgo some of their future savings in order to improve their chance of living a longer, healthier life by accessing their super early to pay for gastric sleeve surgery. They’ve since overhauled their lifestyles and lost more than 70kg between them.
And they’re not the only ones. Our special report on page 4 explores the rising trend among Aussies accessing their super early on medical grounds. Would you consider dipping into yours for a health overhaul?