The Fat Truth

Quick facts – down under

For the vast majority of us, the main reason why we are fat or overweight is simply because we eat too much, and move too little.

Simple as that.

In Australia, approximately 3 in 5 people are considered overweight or obese based on their Body Mass Index (BMI), which is basically a measure calculated from your height and weight.  Although this number can be inaccurate for individuals with a higher overall lean body mass (muscle), it is hard to argue that over 12 million Australians are regular gym junkies.

You can calculate your BMI here to see what range you currently sit in.

BMI for adults aged 15 years and over, 2007–08 Monash

So are we all just a bunch of lazy glutton? Not exactly….

In short, as a species we have largely eliminated the need for many of the physically demanding tasks that were once crucial to our survival. (When was the last time you caught and gutted your own meat?)

Additionally, the access to calorie dense food has never been so readily available, and might I add, addictive.  Combine these two factors together, and you get record obesity rates all over the world.  In Australia, it is projected that at current rates, nearly 80% of adults will be overweight or obese by 2025.

A worrying statistic.

Now of course, there are a multitude of other factors that are contributing to our weight gain as a society.  But that is a topic for another day.

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