Excess weight, especially obesity, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and some musculoskeletal conditions. As the level of excess weight increases, so does the risk of developing these conditions. In addition, being overweight can hamper the ability to control or manage chronic disorders.

 Body Mass Index (BMI) is a calculation used to estimate the total amount of body fat and determine which category a patient might fall into: underweight, healthy weight, overweight or obese. The BMI is calculated by dividing body weight in kilograms by height in metres squared (m2).

Classification Body Mass Index (BMI)
Underweight < 18.50
Normal Range 18.50-24.99
Overweight >25.00
Obese class 1 30-34.99
Obese class 2 35-39.99
Obese class 3 > 40.00

Unfortunately the Darling Downs is among the highest in Australia for obesity.

Discuss with your Doctor the balance between exercise and diet.

Patients who struggle with weight and who are morbidly obese may benefit from Bariatric Surgery. This involves Lap Banding, Gastic Sleeves and Gastric Bypass. These can be done through Private Surgeons as well as through the Public Hospital system. When going through the public system preference is given to those who have immediate health risks due to obesity.