VicHealth Summary - Obesity and Healthy Eating

A healthy diet contributes significantly to healthy weight, quality of life and wellbeing, and can protect against chronic disease and premature death. Conversely, an unhealthy diet has long been recognised as a key risk factor for overweight and obesity, and related diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Overweight/obesity and an unhealthy diet are leading risk factors contributing to the burden of disease in Australia.

This evidence summary outlines current trends in obesity and healthy eating in Australia and Victoria. It also gives an overview of the impacts of an unhealthy diet, as well as barriers and enablers to changing the eating patterns of a population. It has been informed by recent studies and relevant government and non-government agency reports.