It is estimated about 23.6 per cent of the South Western Sydney adult population is obese, which is slightly higher than the NSW average of 22.4 per cent. 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 per cent 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.
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