Small weight loss has huge health benefits

Growing health concerns about obesity among Australians.

Growing health concerns about obesity among Australians.

RELATIVELY small changes – such as losing as little as 3kg or maintaining our weight – could have a significant effect in reducing the health impact of being overweight or obesity in Australia.

That is is the view of  a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report, Impact of overweight and obesity as a risk factor for chronic conditions: Australian Burden of Disease Study, shows if all Australians at risk of disease due to being overweight or obesity reduced their body mass index (BMI) by just one point – equating to about 3kg for a person of average height – the overall health impact of obesity would drop substantially.

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