Where you live can have a direct impact on your weight. Advertising, access to fresh fruit and vegetables and support from your government, workplace and community can affect the food choices you make and how much exercise you’re able to do5.
For example, in Australia, 38% of adults in the lowest socioeconomic areas were obese, compared to 24% in the highest.9
People living in rural and regional areas are also more likely to be overweight or obese compared to those in cities. Reasons for this include higher prices for fresh food, lower quality drinking water and less access to sporting grounds and places to exercise10.