Let’s talk about a weighty topic

For many people in our community, unhealthy weight is a pathway to chronic disease.

Obesity is fast becoming Australia's biggest public health challenge.

Across Australia, two in three adults and one in four children are either overweight or obese.

Rates of overweight and obesity are higher in rural and regional areas compared to metropolitan areas.

Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network is developing a model of care for General Practice to support people to reach a healthy weight and reduce their risk of chronic disease.

Research shows that tackling obesity and unhealthy weight requires a multifaceted approach, as the causes of weight gain may relate to a range of physiological, social, genetic, environmental and psychological factors.                                      

The model will take an inclusive approach to interventions, with multiple sectors and organisations included in the initiative to support people to reach and maintain a healthy weight.

If you have any ideas that could contribute to our Healthy Weight Initiative, supporting community efforts and promoting long-term health improvement, please contact Team Leader, Melissa Cromarty at  mcromarty@hneccphn.com.au , or go to our Healthy Weight Initiative peoplebank community engagement site.

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