Battle of the Bulge: New Study Finds 4 Out of 10 Australians Dangerously Obese
By Reissa Su | October 16, 2013 3:39 PM EST
The Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute tracked 11,000 Australians and monitored their waist circumference for 12 years. The results of the study surprised experts, according to Anna Peeters, President of the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society.
She said a man should not have a waist more than 102 cm and a woman not more than 88 cm. Associate Professor Peeters will present the scientific findings of the obesity society in Melbourne on Oct. 17. She expressed her approval of the government's growing interest in fighting obesity but she still urged parents to intervene for the sake of their children.
Ms Peeters also spoke of the need for an early intervention to prevent obesity in children. She said Australia can learn from the U.S. with a declining rate of obesity.
Only a few schools in Australia strictly observe the dietary guidelines. Ms Peeters also recommends offices and other workplaces to rethink their food options including those inside their vending machines. Ms Peeters, who is also the head of obesity and population health at Baker IDI, defined obesity as a health condition of an inactive but wealthy society that "consumes in excess."
Obesity studies have found that Aussies with less income and education who are living in rural areas are most at risk to the dangerous effects of obesity because of cheaper and less nutritious food.
She was concerned about people who are a little overweight and thinking too much about weight loss. She said Australians should be more concerned on how to prevent weight gain. A person who is a little overweight at 30 years old will be more likely to be overweight at 50 years of age.
Associate Professor Tim Gill from the University of Sydney said parents should restrict the sugar intake of children to prevent them from growing up obese. Australians may be burning only a few calories a day that every calorie should only be from healthy and nutritious food.
Professor Gill said sweets should not entirely be banned from the child's diet but parents are advised to only allow two small sweet treats a day. He said sugary drinks should only be given once a week.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Gennady Golovkin Next Fight Options: Canelo Alvarez, Miguel Cotto Or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
- NFL MNF: Pittsburgh Steelers 30, Houston Texans 23 [PHOTOS]
- 2014 MLB World Series Game 1: San Francisco Giants 7, Kansas City Royals 1 [PHOTOS]
- 2014 MLB World Series - Game 2: Kansas City Royals 7, San Francisco Giants 2 [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- No Mercy: ISIS, Father Stones to Death Daughter for Alleged Adultery
- Boy Stoned To Death For Alleged Rape, Victim Receives Dowry From Militants
- iOS 8 Jailbreak Release Date is Doomed as Team Evad3rs Opts Out, Pangu Hits Snag – Report
- Google Nexus 6 vs. iPhone 5S: 4 Important Things to Consider Before Switching to Android Lollipop
- Swedish Military Spots ‘Russian Submarine’ Off Stockholm Coast, An Alarming ‘Security Game Changer’
- Russia is Creating Underwater Combat Robots to Protect its Arctic Territories
- Canada Raises National Terror Alert Level after Suspected Jihadist Runs Over Soldier