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Obesity Rates in Australia and Worldwide

Learn more about the rates of obesity in Australia and worldwide.

Watch this short video providing some facts and figures about overweight and obesity in Australia and around the world.

Obesity Rates in Australia

Overweight and obesity are major public health issues in Australia and many other countries around the world. It will come as no surprise that obesity rates are rising and of concern we see these rates increasing not only in adults but in children and adolescents as well.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data,2 25% of children and the majority of adults in Australia are classified as having overweight or obese by body mass index.

1 in 4 (25%) children and adolescents were overweight in 2017-18. 2 in 3 (66%) adults were overweight or obese in 2017-18.

NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC) have developed a useful, interactive tool to explore rates across the world.

If you are not in Australia, do you know the rate and impact of obesity in your own country? Use the NCD-RisC tool and share it with us.


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