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Overweight and obesity awareness and support

It is estimated around 23.6% of the South Western Sydney adult population is obese, which is slightly higher than the NSW average of 22.4%. The prevalence of obesity is slightly lower amongst women in South Western Sydney compared to men.

Obesity in childhood increases the risk for obesity in adulthood, with 80% of obese adolescents becoming obese adults.

Obesity leads to an increased risk of developing chronic health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

While there are a number of obesity risk factors that may be out of our direct control such as our genetics, socioeconomic factors and food related policy, it's important to focus on the factors within your control such as a healthy diet, regular physical activity and reducing sedentary time throughout the day.

Early intervention is key when it comes to obesity prevention at all ages and stages of life.

What we are focusing on right now

  • Raising awareness of the importance of routine height and weight screening in general practice for children under the age of 17
  • Developing an obesity strategy for SWSPHN and key stakeholders
  • Partnering with Western Sydney University and the Western Sydney Bulldogs to run the Active Breed Program for Women
  • Partnering with South Western Sydney Local Health District’s Growing Healthy Kids Service to help reduce the rates of childhood obesity within our region

Want to learn more?

Find practice resources

Visit the Overweight and obesity resources page
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