Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of thyroid disease and can even cause brain damage in babies. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, women should take iodine supplements. Learn more here.
Trusted information about malnutrition from leading Australian health organisations, including links to content on anorexia nervosa.
Wernicke encephalopathy is a type of brain injury, mostly occurring in people who drink a lot of alcohol. If not treated quickly, it can lead to permanent brain damage. Learn more here.
Obesity in children
An estimated 28% of children and adolescents in Australia are overweight. Read more to find out which children and teenagers are at risk of being obese.
The best way to prevent becoming overweight, or obese, is by eating healthily and exercising regularly. Find out about prevention of obesity.
To maintain optimum health it's important to get enough of the right nutrients. Learn how a vitamin B12 deficiency can affect you.
Losing weight – a personal story
Being overweight, or trying to lose weight can be both emotionally and practically challenging. Listening to others who have experienced similar situations is often reassuring and can be helpful. This video interview has been sourced from healthtalkonline.org, award-winning research into patient experiences in conjunction with the Health Experience Research Group at Oxford University, UK.
Obesity is a term to describe somebody who's overweight. It can lead to symptoms that affect your life. Learn about your BMI, treatment options and prevention.
Being a little overweight may not cause many noticeable problems. However, once you are carrying extra kilograms (or pounds), you may develop symptoms that affect your daily life. Find out about the symptoms of obesity.
Obesity and exercise
If you want to lose weight, it's important to combine healthy eating with regular exercise and physical activity. Learn about obesity and exercising.