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Health report cause for alarm
Daunting statistics contained in the Australia’s Health 2012 report have prompted AMA Victoria to call for urgent action to tackle obesity.
The report, from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, shows that Australia has the world’s second highest rate of obesity in males and fifth highest in females.
AMA Victoria President Dr Stephen Parnis said that figures show a clear need for the government to develop a long term obesity plan in conjunction with the medical profession.
“This report is a timely reminder that we need to act to curb the obesity epidemic” said Dr Parnis.
AMA Victoria has renewed calls for a range of measures to address Australia’s alarming obesity rate, including -
- Increasd funding for hospitals to purchase specialist equipment to treat, dianose, and transport the increasing number of morbidly obese Victorians presenting to the State's public hospitals.
- Increased access to taxpayer-funded gastric banding surgery for morbidly obese Victorians.
- A ban on junk food in all government buildings.
- Increased sporting and recreational facilities, particularly in outer suburban growth areas.
"Doctors and allied health care workers do a lot of good work to try and curb obesity rates, but they need more resources to deal with the increasing prevelence of obesity related ilness".
“Creating an environment which encourages healthy choices is important, that’s why removing junk food from government buildings is a good idea”.
For more information please contact Struan Robertson on 0437 450 506.