COAG report shows increased obesity, decreased smoking

COAG report shows increased obesity, decreased smoking

A key government report has found levels of obesity in Australia have reached staggering levels, to the highest it has ever been.

The Council of Australian Governments has today released its fourth report on the National Healthcare Agreement, showing that in 2011-12, 63 per cent of Australians were either overweight or obese – an increase of 2 per cent over 4 years.

The report says seven in every 10 men, and over half of all women are above their healthy body weight.

Council Chairman John Brumby will release the report today at the Australia Medical Association conference, calling for urgent action from state and federal governments.

But there have been some positives in the report, revealing Australia’s life expectancy is among the highest in the world, and infant mortality is better than OECD averages.

Mr Brumby says overall the results are very encouraging, and  says a positive highlight from the report was the continued drop in smoking rates across the country, which is reported at 16.5 percent for 2010-11.

But the council has also reported concerns over access to GP’s, with one in four people having to wait 24 hours or longer for an urgent appointment with a doctor.

 

 

 

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