Obese Australia could fuel diabetes

Mon, 06 Aug 2007
As many as 75 per cent of Australian women, and almost two-thirds of Australian rural women could be either obese or overweight, thereby adding enormously to their risk of diabetes.

A study investigated adults in rural areas of South Australia and Victoria. In order to divert a major diabetes crisis, the study authors called for urgent population-wide action. The study was published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

It is likely that the future will see the Australian public healthcare system burdened by diabetes in the near future. A professor of medicine at the Western Hospital in Melbourne, Edward Janus, reportedly commented: "We might get a whole generation, now in their 40s, 50s and 60s, who will do markedly worse than their parents."

30 per cent of those surveyed were rated as being obese.
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