There are many varied causes of obesity. Your genes, where you live, how you live and how you think about the world all play a part. 1 2 3 4 5

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1 RACGP. Obesity prevention and management position statement 2019. Available at, accessed December 2021.

2 RACP Action to prevent obesity and reduce its impact across the life course – Evidence Review. 2018. Available at Accessed December 2019

3 Caterson I, et al. Gaps to bridge: Misalignment between perception, reality and actions in obesity, Diabetes Obes Metab 2019; 21(8): 1914–24.

4 National Health and Medical Research Council (2013). Clinical practice guidelines for the management of overweight and obesity in adults, adolescents and children in Australia. Available at, accessed September 2019.

5 Casazza K, et al. Myths, Presumptions, and Facts about Obesity.N Engl J Med 2013; 368:446-454