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Mateo Mathieu
May 8th, 2004, 09:52 AM
Obesity costs $1.3 billion

11:40 AEST Fri May 7 2004

Half of Australian adults are overweight or obese, a parliamentary committee has found.

South Australian parliament's social development committee said the obesity statistics, which included one in four children being overweight or obese, cost the nation $1.3 billion a year.

Committee chairwoman Gail Gago said since 1985, the proportion of overweight children in Australia had doubled and the proportion that were obese had tripled.

Overweight people are regarded as obese when their weight is more than 20 per cent above normal for their gender, age and height.

Ms Gago said the committee identified two causes - poor diet and limited physical exercise.

It supported a two-pronged approach to reverse the trend.

"The two prongs are to increase healthy eating and to increase physical activity," Ms Gago said.

The committee made several recommendations to curb the obesity rate, including limiting television food advertising during child viewing times and implementing minimum exercise regimes for all school students.

SA Health Minister Lea Stevens said the committee's recommendations would be taken into account for the development of a statewide "healthy weight" action plan.

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I'm not one of these fat people :p

SpikeyAidanm
May 8th, 2004, 09:55 AM
This isn't gonna be good for the tourism industry :timebomb: :o

azza
May 8th, 2004, 09:57 AM
im not fat so the polls wrong :ras: :p

SpikeyAidanm
May 8th, 2004, 09:58 AM
I was going to do my oral on this, but my English teacher is fat :tape:

crazillo
May 8th, 2004, 10:04 AM
I was going to do my oral on this, but my English teacher is fat :tape:

Fat :lol: Our French teacher looks like he would live on a park banch......

BTW, Melly (an exchange student) got a handout where she got some information how to behave in Australia.

1. Never show your mood. Be always polite and friendly.

After this set I knew Melly would have problems :lol: :)

Mateo Mathieu
May 8th, 2004, 10:15 AM
I was going to do my oral on this, but my English teacher is fat :tape:
:haha:

HEY! Where my name on your signature? :sad: Don't you like me? :p

crazillo
May 8th, 2004, 10:21 AM
U are 21watts????????????????????????????????? OMG

Mateo Mathieu
May 8th, 2004, 10:30 AM
U are 21watts????????????????????????????????? OMG
Yes, I am ;)

Rothes
May 8th, 2004, 11:00 AM
Less Mc'Donalds and more Japanese Restaurants :)

Wendy Turnball
May 8th, 2004, 11:13 AM
Australia, you're fat!
I know I am.

crazzzy_grrl
May 8th, 2004, 12:00 PM
I must be one of the lucky skinny ones :lol:

bis2806
May 8th, 2004, 03:02 PM
Omg, this is obviously another sign of Australia wanting to become like the US... :o