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Obesity

Obesity is a term used to describe being overweight. Obesity can lead to symptoms that affect your life. Learn about BMI, prevention and treatment options.

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Obesity in children

Childhood obesity is when a child has too much body fat for their age. There are simple steps to take to help your child move towards a healthy weight.

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Obesity at conception linked to pregnancy complications

Women should lose weight before getting pregnant if they're obese or overweight, experts say, as excess weight at conception is linked to pregnancy complications.

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Sugar

Learn more about both natural and added sugars, sweet substitutes and how to reduce your intake to help prevent conditions such as obesity.

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Fatty liver

Fatty liver is common, particularly in people with diabetes and who are overweight. Although it might not cause any symptoms, it can lead to significant health problems. Making changes to your lifestyle is key to preventing and improving the condition.

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Prader-Willi syndrome

Adults with Prader-Willi may experience sleeping and breathing problems, and have an insatiable appetite, which can lead to life-threatening obesity.

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Rural men face greater risk of health problems, including suicide

Men who live in rural and remote Australia are more at risk of many health issues, such as obesity and suicide. Even in the outback, help is available.

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Body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference

Learn to estimate whether or not you are a healthy weight by calculating your body mass index (BMI) and measuring your waist circumference.

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Junk food and your health

Consuming junk food can lead to short and long-term health complications such as weight gain, diabetes and heart problems.

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Metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors that raise the risk of stroke, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Find out its symptoms and treatments.

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