Improving our understanding of the causes of obesity provides the evidence base for the development and implementation of effective diet and lifestyle programs.

The challenge

A weight on our shoulders

It is estimated that approximately 63 per cent of Australian adults and one in five children were overweight or obese in 2011-12 (AIHW). Being overweight or obese increases our risk of developing  chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnoea, osteoarthritis, psychological problems and reproductive problems for women and men, and it is the third highest contributor to Australia's burden of disease after smoking and high blood pressure.

Our response

Effective intervention strategies and programs

This area of research aims to understand how to reduce the poor health consequences of obesity, and to develop and implement scientifically-based, cost effective  intervention strategies to improve metabolic health and wellbeing.

The diet, lifestyle and clinical substantiation research area primarily focuses on:

  • Identifying the biological, environmental and behavioural factors that can be modified to build effective intervention programs.
  • Designing, evaluating and substantiating interventions for achieving and maintaining healthy weight and metabolic health in overweight and obese people. 
  • In partnership with industry, Government and community organisations, we translate the benefits of our research for better health for all Australians.

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