Sum­mit tack­les obe­sity

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

THE first ever North­ern Rivers Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties Sum­mit was held in Bal­lina on Thurs­day, pro­mot­ing work­ing to­gether to cre­ate en­vi­ron­ments that en­cour­age healthy eat­ing and ac­tive liv­ing.

More than 80 peo­ple from across govern­ment and non­govern­ment agen­cies, coun­cils, ed­u­ca­tion, health ser­vices, sport and fit­ness, com­mu­nity ser­vices and farm­ers’ mar­kets at­tended the sum­mit in Bal­lina.

The sum­mit, or­gan­ised by the North­ern NSW Lo­cal Health Dis­trict (NNSWLHD) Health Pro­mo­tion Unit, as part of a broader Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties project to tackle grow­ing rates of over­weight and obe­sity.

Since 1985, the pro­por­tion of Aus­tralian chil­dren who are over­weight has dou­bled and the preva­lence of obe­sity tre­bled.

NNSWLHD Health Pro­mo­tion Man­ager Jil­lian Adams said it is alarm­ing that two thirds of Aus­tralian adults are now over­weight or obese.

“For the first time in the mod­ern era, our chil­dren may have a shorter life ex­pectancy than their par­ents.

“The rise in child­hood and adult obe­sity is caus­ing un­prece­dented lev­els of heart dis­ease, di­a­betes, and liver dis­ease and in­creased risk of stroke, res­pi­ra­tory dis­ease and can­cer.”

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