Magazines tend to be full of dieting articles on how to drop 5 to 10 kilos, but plenty of Australians need to lose a whole lot more than that to have a healthy BMI (between 18.5 and 24.9). According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2014-15, 63.4% of Australian adults were overweight or obese (11.2 million people), that is, they had a BMI over 30-35, which is considered obese. This is similar to the prevalence of overweight and obesity in 2011-12 (62.8%) and an increase since 1995 (56.3%).
What is shocking is that even though people are dying from this deadly threat, fast casual restaurants are the quickest-growing segment in Australia's food market. Milk and cheese, sugar items, meat and the portions just keep getting bigger and bigger.
And yet there’s a lot of change happening in the world of fast food and the grocery chains. By law, understandings of calorific values, nutrition and health are now being written on all packaging. The biggest player in the game, McDonald’s, have redesigned menus to cater for healthier choices.