Obesity is now widely considered a chronic disease.1
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3 MILLION PEOPLE EACH YEAR.10
What you need to know
- Obesity is now recognised in Australia and internationally as a chronic disease with severe health and quality of life consequences.1-5
- Misinformation and misunderstandings of obesity’s scientific causes and treatments are widespread.
- The stigma of obesity means people are wrongly blamed by society for their disease and discriminated against.2,5-7
- If the current trend continues, more than 40% of the Australian population will be living with obesity in the next ten years.8
- Bray G, et al. Obesity: a chronic relapsing progressive disease process. A position statement of the World Obesity Federation, Obesity Rev 2017; 18(7); 715–23.
- Caterson I, et al. Gaps to bridge: Misalignment between perception, reality and actions in obesity, Diabetes Obes Metab 2019; 21(8): 1914–24.
- Golden A, et al. Insights and perceptions of obesity management in people with obesity: results of the national ACTION study. Presented at
Obesity Week; 31 Oct–4 Nov 2015: New Orleans, USA.
- Oldham M, Robinson E. Visual body size norms and the under-detection of overweight and obesity. Obes Sci Pract 2017; 4(1): 29–40.
- RACGP. Obesity prevention and management position statement 2019. Available at https://www.racgp.org.au/FSDEDEV/media/documents/RACGP/Position%20statements/Obesity-prevention-and-management.pdf, accessed September 2019.
- Parliament of Australia 2018. Final report of the select committee into the obesity epidemic in Australia. Available at https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Obesity_epidemic_in_Australia/Obesity/Final_Report, accessed
- Puhl R, et al. Overcoming Weight Bias in the Management of Patients with Diabetes and Obesity. Clin Diabetes 2016; 34(1): 44–50.
- Brandkvist M, et al, Quantifying the impact of genes on body mass index during the obesity epidemic: longitudinal findings from the HUNT Study. BMJ 2019; 366:14067
- The Obesity Collective 2019. Weighing in: Australia’s growing obesity epidemic. Available at https://static1.squarespace.com/static/57e9ebb16a4963ef7adfafdb/t/5c9a8961f4e1fc9deceb1ae4/1553631602322/Obesity+Collective_Australias+Growing+Obesity+Epidemic+report+27+03+19.pdf, accessed Sept 2019.
- Wolfenden L, et al. The challenge for global health systems in preventing and managing obesity. Obesity Reviews. 2019;(S2):185–193.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics 4364.0.55.001 National Health Survey: First Results, 2017-18, Australia. 2019. Available at https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/4364.0.55.0012017-18?OpenDocument, accessed December 2019
- Individuals with obesity and COVID-19: A global perspective on the epidemiology and biological relationships. Obesity Reviews. 2020; 21:e13128. https://doi.org/10.1111/obr.13128 , , , et al.
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