More than one million Australians are said to be diagnosed with diabetes, with almost two-thirds of Australia's population identified as overweight or obese – a substantial diabetes risk factor.
Marking World Diabetes Day today (November 14) NSW health minister Jillian Skinner is encouraging people to think about how they can change their lifestyle to reduce risk of developing diabetes.
"Overweight or obese children are more likely to experience health risks when they become adults, and this is a worrying trend that will have wide ranging consequences for the community and our public health system," Mrs Skinner said.
"Lifestyle changes such as healthy eating and being active can prevent or delay diabetes."
Mrs Skinner said that the figures were staggering and that people needed to be aware that diabetes is a disease that has "serious health consequences".
The NSW government has a number of initiatives in place to address obesity and prevent chronic disease, including a coaching service that is a free telephone and web-based support service that helps people make 'healthy changes' to their lifestyle.
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