Find key evidence on obesity trends, impacts & prevention in Australia
Obesity is rising among Australian children and adults. Rates of overweight are steady for adults, and in children rates of overweight have started to plateau after a sustained rise over decades.
Obesity increases a person’s risk of various diseases including coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and cancer. Impacts vary for children and adults and depend on socioeconomic and Indigenous status.
An effective strategy to address obesity will recognise and address deeper systemic causes, rather than rely solely on individual-level approaches. This section outlines evidence in three key areas: tax and pricing; food labelling; and marketing.
Behavioural intervention remains the cornerstone of treatment for overweight and obesity, with options for pharmacotherapy and bariatric surgery where required. There are different considerations for adults, children and adolescents; and during pregnancy and birth.