Feeling the weight of obesity


Australia’s widening waist bands are putting added strain on the local health system, with St Vincent’s Hospital feeling the extra burden all the way from the ambulance to the mortuary.

While weight gain can have devastating effects on the individual, causing diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, it also carries with it a financial burden, costing the State Government billions of dollars each year.

In 2007, NSW Health reported more than half of the State population was overweight or obese, an increase of almost 10 per cent since 1997.

Published Village Voice Harbourside, May, 2008.

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