The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - NEWS - – ELIN TOUGH

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?

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