Monday, June 23, 2008

Tick, Tock On The Obesity Clock - Battle Against The Bulge

“With startling new figures on the obesity epidemic being released today, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is calling the crisis the 'ticking bomb' for Australia's health. ‘We have to act now to address this critical health issue. The link between obesity and cardiovascular disease, and other health conditions, makes this one of Australia's number one health priorities,’ said Dr Kelly Seach, GP and RACGP Registrar Representative. ‘This is not only an issue for the health of our patients; it is also about the health of our medical system, which is nearing breaking point. Unless the obesity epidemic is halted, it may tip the scales.’ ‘We support the call of the Baker Heart Research Institute, in their report Australia's Future Fat Bomb, for people concerned about their weight to work towards a loss of five kilograms. All the evidence shows that a modest weight loss of five to 10 percent of your starting weight will result in significant health benefits such as decreased hypertension as well as positive economic and personal outcomes,’ said Dr Kelly Seach.”

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