Specialist Medical Colleges call for action to tackle obesity crisis in Australia

The Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges will convene a National Health Summit on Obesity on Wednesday 9 November 2016 to discuss the evidence available to manage the complex issue of the growing rates of obesity in Australian adults and children.

Professor Nicholas Talley, Chair of the CPMC said: “Australia has an obesity crisis with 75% of the total population overweight or obese. These people are at higher risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other life-threatening illnesses.”

As the peak body for specialist medicine in Australia, CPMC is bringing together experts from a range of stakeholders from medical and nursing professionals, public health advocates, schools, advertising companies, town planners and insurers.

Professor Talley said that by convening a Health Summit we will bring all these participants together to examine the issues; to tackle the controversies; to define potential interventions, before finally making a series of recommendations to the Australian Government.

The Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges is the peak body representing the interests of specialist medicine in Australia. All specialist Medical Colleges support the following recommendations:

CPMC’s Top 5 recommendations to tackle the crisis in obesity:

  1. All Australians be actively encouraged to regularly monitor their weight and know about healthy limits;
  2. Introduce a tax on sugar, and regulate fast food availability in schools;
  3. Promote physical activity and better lifestyle behaviours
  4. Create better urban and regional plans which actively encourage daily exercise
  5. Enhance opportunities for health professionals to provide opportunistic advice and support.

You can find out more about the Summit by going to: http://cpmc.edu.au/our-members/national-health-summit-on-obesity/

Follow the proceedings by using the Twitter #PreventObesity16

Media Contacts: Ms Angela Magarry, CPMC CEO on 0437227422