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The Shocking Truth about Obesity

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.

Now we have mobile and automated ordering offering a big opportunity for restaurants, but in terms of food consumerism, and the ease with which we can get our hands on food, literally without getting out of bed, this is a serious epidemic and obesity is becoming known as the plague of the 21st century.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, claims that excess weight, especially obesity, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, some musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers. As the level of weight increases, so does the risk of developing these conditions.

For those who are obese, and when all else has failed, weight loss surgery… bariatric surgery, is becoming an increasingly popular choice. Over the last decade, the number of Australians undergoing bariatric surgery has increased from less than 1000 patients in 1998 to 17,000 in 2008.

At Life Weight Loss we understand obesity is now recognised as a very real and genuine medical condition. Our team's medical director, Dr Ertugrul Kemal Durmush, is a world recognised leader in Bariatric (weight loss) Surgery and has performed over 1600 weight loss procedures.

If you are thinking of losing weight through a surgical procedure, our specialist team can guide you through a range of weight loss treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, to help you reach your full potential and bring your weight to a safer range.

Call Life Weight Loss, your Complete Care Centre on 1300 669 259 and let our team help you start living a better life.

Research:

In 2014-15, 63.4% of Australian adults were overweight or obese (11.2 million people). This is similar to the prevalence of overweight and obesity in 2011-12 (62.8%) and an increase since 1995 (56.3%).

http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4364.0.55.001

Over the last decade, the number of Australians undergoing bariatric surgery has increased from less than 1000 patients in 1998 to 17,000 in 2008.

https://www.choice.com.au/health-and-body/diet-and-fitness/weight-loss/articles/gastric-banding

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