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Med J Aust. 2004 Nov 1;181(9):489-91.

The obesity epidemic: both energy intake and physical activity contribute.

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  • 1Statewide Health Promotion Unit, Queensland Health, GPO Box 48, Brisbane, QLD 4001, Australia.


Recent data from Australia, the United States and Europe show increased self-reported energy intake associated with obesity, in contrast to earlier suggestions that the obesity epidemic has occurred despite minimal or no increase in per capita energy intake from food. The effect of increased energy intake is compounded by sedentary lifestyles. Both physical activity and nutrition must be addressed to reduce the prevalence of obesity and improve the health of Australians.

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