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released: 12 Sep 2003 author: Dixon T & Waters AM

This bulletin documents the evidence from national cross-sectional surveys of overweight and obesity among adults in Australia during the past two decades, puts the size of the problem in perspective, and compares the prevalence in Australia with the prevalence in other developed countries. Future bulletins will focus on trends by socio-demographic and economic factors, and on the impact of overweight and obesity in Australia in terms of a number of health-related measures.

ISSN 1446-9820; ISBN 978 1 74024 308 7; Cat. no. AUS 36; 19pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Highlights
  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Trends in body mass index
  • Putting the prevalence rates and trends into perspective
  • International comparisons
  • What of the future?
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Appendix A: Methods and data sources
  • Appendix B: Statistical tables

Recommended citation

Dixon T & Waters AM 2003. A growing problem: trends and patterns in overweight and obesity among adults in Australia, 1980 to 2001. AIHW Bulletin 8. Cat. no. AUS 36. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 19 April 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467497>.