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Children and adults who live in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas, marked by lower levels of education and income, generally experience higher levels of obesity. This is likely to translate into inequalities in health, wellbeing and productivity. So how do we addess these inequities?

In Australia, 63% of adults and 25% of children are overweight or obese, putting them at greater risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The annual financial cost of obesity in Australia is estimated at $58.2 billion.

Some of the largest increases in adult obesity have been in high-income countries such as the US, Australia and the UK. As excess weight impacts the disadvantaged in Australia disproportionately, reducing inequalities is likely to substantially improve the burden of obesty-related disease and associated health care and productivity costs.

Associate Professor Anna Peeters, Head of Obesity and Population Health at Baker IDI, is meeting with experts in the UK, US, France and The Netherlands as part of a Churchill Fellowship to identify obesity prevention policies likely to improve social inequalities in obesity. She will present her findings at this Perspectives forum, including interventions that are having an impact in high-income countries with some of the highest numbers of obese people

This event was held at Baker IDI on Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Presentation slides: Exploring the relationship between social disadvantage and obesity

 

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