Study finds Obesity Reaches Two-Thirds in Australia reports FitFanatics
(EMAILWIRE.COM, November 15, 2012 ) San Francisco, CA -- A new study finds that just under two-thirds of Australian adults are considered overweight or obese. Rates seem to be continuing to climb despite the drop in both smoking and drinking.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) announced that people were continuing to add pounds, while findings continue to indicate that many are switching to healthier lifestyle habits.

The study noted that 63.4% of the Australian population now falls under the category of overweight or obese, which is an increase of more than 2% from four years ago.

"The proportion of overweight adult Australians has increased by more than two percentage points, meaning that nearly two-thirds of the population are now classified as overweight or obese," said ABS statistician Paul Jelfs.

In 1995, the Australian obesity rate was 56.3%, while it was 61.2% in 2007.

Jelfs stated that the 2011-12 Australian Health Survey of over 33,000 individuals found that 70.3% of men and 56.2% of women were losing the battle of the bulge, with nearly 25% of children also being under the classification of overweight.

The survey utilized the Body Mass Index to calculate whether or not individuals were overweight. It was considered the largest check-up on the nations health ever undertaken.

The BMI has been under scrutiny by some as not being fair to all body types and nationalities. However, even when taking into account separate body types and possible individual medical issues, a total over 60% does point toward a general obesity problem.

The good news from the survey, from a health standpoint, was the drop in both smoking and drinking totals.

Daily smoker numbers dropped by 3% in four years to 16.3%, which would account for 2.8 million individuals. Binge drinking also saw a drop, likely due to the use of consistent advertising campaigns and taxation by the government.

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