Obesity is reaching epidemic proportions in Australia in all age groups.
Our GPs can discuss a healthy diet and promote regular exercise. We regularly check weight and waist measurements and calculate the body mass index. This should be between 20 and 25 and is in the overweight range from over 25 to 30 and in the significantly overweight range if over 30.
Waist measurements should be:
- Less than 80 cm in women
- Less than 95 cm in men
Health risks such as diabetes increase significantly if the waist measurement is above 88 cm in women andabove 100 cm in men.
We refer to Dietitians if necessary and to Exercise Physiologists. There may be Medicare rebates for eligible patients, such as diabetic patients, for these services. Please contact your nearest MyHealth Medical Centre for more information.
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