Obesity Management Service
What is Obesity?
Obesity is a term used to describe somebody who is very overweight with a high degree of body fat.
The most widely used method to assess a person’s weight is the body mass index (BMI), which is your weight in kilograms divided by your height in metres squared.
If your BMI is:
- between 25 and 29, you would be considered overweight
- between 30 and 40, you would be considered obese
- over 40, you would be considered very obese.
Another useful method is to measure around your waist. Men whose waist measurement is 94 cm or more and women whose waist measurment is 80 cm or more are more likely to develop obesity-related health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer.
Obesity causes day-to-day problems such as:
- increased sweating
- snoring or difficulty sleeping
- inability to cope with sudden physical activity
- feeling very tired every day
- back and joint pains.
Obesity can also cause harmful changes you may not notice, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. It can also damage your quality of life and can often trigger depression.
For more information on obesity, please visit the HealthDirect Australia website.
What is the Obesity Management Service?
The Obesity Management Service supports adults with a high level of obesity to improve their health and wellbeing. The Service focuses on those who are at high risk of developing complications from their obesity or those who already have additional health problems. The Service team includes doctors, nurses, dietitians, psychologists, physiotherapists and exercise physiologists.