What is overweight, obesity and how are these measured? Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health (The World Health Organisation). Body Mass Index (BMI) is a simple way of determining whether you are overweight or obese. Its defined as the person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of his/her height in meters. WHO defines overweight and obesity as follows: Overweight is a BMI greater than or equal to 25. Obesity is a BMI greater than or equal to 30. HOWEVER, to calculate childhood obesity, BMI is age and sex specific and is often referred to as BMI-for-age. Click...

With over half Australian adults and a quarter of Australian children reported as being overweight or living with obesity, the importance of understanding how to exercise appropriately is becoming more and more relevant.   It is well documented that exercise is vital for our physical and mental health and wellbeing. Exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of many chronic diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), osteoarthritis (OA) and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). We’ve all been told we need to eat well and exercise to live healthier, longer lives but where do we start? Commencing an exercise program for the first...

Statistics show obesity levels to have more than doubled in the last twenty years, with more than 1.9 billion people over the age of 18 considered overweight, with 600 million of these obese. This has placed a significant strain on our already growing burden of disease and stretched healthcare system. Over recent years society has grown in many ways, shapes and forms. While in a number of ways this has been beneficial, it has also resulted in many of us sitting not only longer, but also more frequently throughout the day. Add to this the shift towards a more highly processed...

"I wish I knew how to quit you, sugar".  Accredited Practising Dietitian, Arlene Normand, shows us how to shaft our sugar habit in her latest blog for Eat Right.   Sugar is in the news constantly! That white, powdery substance just makes you feel good. You can't get it off your mind, and you keep coming back for more. The more you have it, the more you want it! But even when you try to stay away from it, it finds ways to sneak into your life almost daily. What can you do? We're not talking about some dangerous or illegal drug here;...

The decision to undertake bariatric surgery is not one that people take lightly. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has reported that the rising number of weight-loss procedures being completed is not actually proportional to the rise in obesity rates – instead, the increase has been linked to more publicity, accessibility, safety and reported successes as a result of surgery.   There is a growing body of research that bariatric surgery has the highest effectiveness and long-term impact on clinically severe obesity. Following surgery, dietary intake is closely monitored and guided by dietitians. But what about exercise? With weight coming off...