Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Obesity Epidemic in Australia
For over 20 years, the study has tracked the rising prevalence of overweight and obesity in Australian women and the adverse consequences to their health. Study data shows that despite an awareness of public health messages, Australian women are not meeting guidelines for exercise and nutrition and their weight loss attempts are largely unsuccessful. The study’s submission discusses the causes of obesity in Australian women and the impact of mothers’ pre-conception health on childhood obesity. It also highlights concerns about women’s understanding of public health messages and the need for support to make lifestyle changes.