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  • "About 20% of Australian adults (an estimated 2.6 million) are obese (body mass index [BMI] > 30 kg/m2)1 and the incidence of obesity has doubled since 1980. "

    University of Melbourne conclude ...

    Weight loss is a powerful health care measure

    Substantial weight loss has major health benefits. After major weight loss, more than two-thirds of people with type 2 diabetes no longer need treatment and return to normal fasting blood glucose, glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c) and serum insulin levels.7 

    Sixty per cent of people with obesity-associated hypertension revert to having normal blood pressure without need for treatment.8 

    In many people, obstructive sleep apnoea resolves,9 hypertriglyceridaemia and high-density-lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels return to normal,10 and the fibrosis associated with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis improves or disappears.11 

    Fertility increases in women with polycystic ovary syndrome,12 and depression at least partially resolves in most people.13 

    In general, quality of life returns to normal14 and life expectancy improves.15 In view of these outcomes, weight loss in obese people should be a major priority of doctors, public health practitioners and politicians committed to good health care.

    University of Melbourne on the risks of being overweight

    Obesity is the consummate “pathogen”. It increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnoea, depression, a range of cancers (including breast, gynaecological and gastrointestinal malignancies), dyslipidaemia, polycystic ovary syndrome, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis and osteoarthritis of the lower spine and weight-bearing joints.

    The metabolic syndrome is the paradigm of obesity disease. It is a cluster of problems centring on abdominal obesity and insulin resistance, with the key clinical manifestations being type 2 diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidaemia.

    It is associated with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, obstructive sleep apnoea and polycystic ovary syndrome and affects up to one in five Australian adults.4

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