Obesity is expanding at an alarming rate as a major health concern throughout the world. According to WHO reports, in 2008, 1.5 billion adults aged 20 years and above were overweight of which 200 million men and 300 million women were obese.
The incidence of obesity in Australia is increasing at an alarming rate. The data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in May 2011 states that one in four Australian people of the age 18 and above were obese in the year 2007-2008. Around seven million Australian adults are overweight or obese -52% of women and 67% of men. The rate of obesity is higher in men (68%) than women (55%) and higher in older people than young people.
The results of the survey reveal that there has been increasing rate of weight gain in the Australian population when compared to the past years. This relates to the changes in the environmental and socio-economic conditions.
Experts estimate that between 12,000 to 17,000 Australians die prematurely from obesity each year. The good news is that major weight loss can lead to partial or complete control of a wide range of these diseases and related health problems.
Obesity surgery or weight loss surgery has helped over 60000 Australians manage their hunger and weight related illnesses.
There has been an increase in the number of weight loss procedures performed in Australia in the last 10 years according to Medicare data using item number #30511(morbid obesity, gastric reduction or gastroplasty for, by any method).
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