OVER­WEIGHT WEST AUSSIES NEED HEALTH RE­AL­ITY CHECK

Wanneroo Weekender - - Opinion -

A De­part­ment of Health sur­vey found al­most 40 per cent of West Aus­tralians aged over 16 years are over­weight, with 27 per cent be­ing obese. This is not a new trend, with the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics re­port­ing a steady in­crease in the rates of over­weight and obe­sity over the past 20 years. What is sur­pris­ing is how peo­ple per­ceive their weight. The WA Nu­tri­tion Mon­i­tor­ing Sur­vey of more than 1500 West Aus­tralian adults found half of those clas­si­fied as over­weight, and one in eight clas­si­fied as obese, thought their weight was 'about right'. Get­ting an ac­cu­rate pic­ture of your weight is im­por­tant be­cause as body­weight in­creases above the healthy weight range, the risk of chronic dis­eases such as type 2 di­a­betes, heart dis­ease and some can­cers in­creases. We also know even small amounts of weight loss can have last­ing health ben­e­fits. One way to bet­ter un­der­stand how your weight may af­fect your health is to have it as­sessed by a health care pro­fes­sional. Amer­i­can sur­veys found more ac­cu­rate weight per­cep­tions in in­di­vid­u­als who had been as­sessed com­pared to those who had not, with those as­sessed as over­weight or obese more likely to diet and ex­er­cise. Tris­tan Schwartzkoff, ECU stu­dent di­eti­cian

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