A report by Obesity Prevention Australia has found that 70 per cent of Australian adults will be overweight or obese by the year 2020.
This has highlighted the need for a healthy lifestyle, with a new national health initiative Girth Hour being launched October 1 to bring awareness to this problem.
Obesity Prevention Australia chief executive officer Levi Walz said that 61 per cent of Australian adults are currently overweight or obese, with around a quarter of Australian children in the same category.
"Girth Hour aims to challenge the nation’s poor health and lifestyle habits by encouraging friends, families, schools or boardrooms to spend their lunch hour getting active, choosing a healthy meal or setting a new health goal," Mr Walz said.
Australians will be asked to donate a small part of their day on October 1 for Girth Hour, to set a new fitness or health goal as part of National Health Awareness Month (October).
Australia as a nation faces two problems, Obesity Surgery Brisbane dietitian Rachel Moore said – prevention or cure.
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