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Date posted: 7 March 2014
New data from the Australian Heart Foundation shows the weight of the average Australian adult has increased by more than five and half kilograms (kgs) over the past 25 years.
The foundation says the average weight of an Australia man is now 85.9kg, up 6.5kg, while the average woman is 5.7kg heavier at 71.1kg.
It has used the figures to warn of a rapid spike in diabetes, heart disease and cancer, unless growing rates of obesity are brought under control.
Robert Grenfell from the Heart Foundation says it is a major concern that two in three people fall outside the healthy weight range.
'Every two in three Australians is now either overweight or obese,' he said. 'Now this, of course, is alarming because the diseases that are a consequence of this include diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.'
Mr Grenfell says the figures indicate that there will be a rapid increase in these diseases over the next 10 to 20 years if nothing is done to reduce body weight to within normal healthy weight ranges.
Source: ABC News