The number of people who are above a healthy weight (overweight or obese) across the world is rising every single year. MEND wants to help to reverse that trend.

A global epidemic

  • There are 1 billion overweight and obese people in the world. 155 million of them are children.

  • Obesity levels have quadrupled over the last 25 years, according to the World Health Organisation.

What about Australia specifically?

  • In Australia, childhood obesity rates have risen to 25% - from just 5% in the 1960's.  

  • According to the 2004-2005 National Health Survey, 7.4 million Australian adults are overweight or obese - approximately 60%.

  • In 2007, the Australian National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey, found that approximately 69 per cent of boys and girls did  at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity on most of the days surveyed.The children surveyed demonstrated a low level of observance of the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia. 

NSW Health

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