For the first time in a decade, Australia’s obesity rate has fallen, but experts aren’t celebrating just yet.
Data collected for the latest Medibank Better Health Index indicated the rates of overweight of obese Australians dropped from 63 per cent to 62 per cent in 2017.
This means around 200,000 formerly overweight Australians would now be a healthy weight.
However experts say we should wait for a few more studies to confirm there’s a trend, and Medibank chief medical officer Linda Swan says we can’t stop here:
“Even if this was a consistent trend, it is really not happening fast enough. We are still going to have a very large burden of chronic disease impacted by the high number of people with extra weight.”
The best results came from the younger generation:
“There has been a lot of programs run in schools to try and educate kids, so maybe we are seeing some of that paying off, maybe there is a cultural shift in the younger generations,” she told the Herald Sun.
“There are lots of wonderful and free community activities you can get out and get involved in. It doesn’t have to be an expensive gym.”