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Teenagers Only

 

Australians are getting fatter and that means big health problems. The experts are saying one in five school kids are overweight or obese. The truth is that it's probably worse than that. Recent surveys on the NSW Central Coast show that around one in three teenagers are overweight or obese.

This is a real worry when you consider that just 20 years ago only about one in 10 kids were overweight or obese.

Why are we getting fatter?

The reasons why so many of us are getting overweight are complex. One reason has to do with changes in technology. Changes have lead to a lifestyle in which we spend more time sitting instead of running around. Also we are eating more. There are plenty of food choices around these days that are readily available and high in kilojoules (energy). We are drinking more sweet drinks and portion sizes have increased. Unless you're burning them off, these extra kilojoules have a way of hanging around.

 

If you're visiting this site you are probably wanting to do something to tackle the problem of overweight. We think you will find some useful ideas here, and we welcome you to contact us if you have ideas of your own.

To check out how your weight rates, check out the BMI calculator on the Department of Health's website. Click Here

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