Health and weight

Together we can #BeTheLast generation that weighs too much. We can #BeTheLast to have serious health conditions because of our weight.

Take control. Be healthier. Be happier.

What is obesity?

Obesity is a medical condition defined by an excess of body fat. People are classified as obese through waist measurement and Body Mass Index (BMI).

More than 14 million Australians are now classified as overweight or obese. This figure is set to increase over the next decade with many experts declaring the issue an epidemic. Obesity has a significant social and economic impact to the Australian economy, costing over $50 billion annually in direct and indirect costs.

How does being overweight affect my health?

Obesity is the leading cause of premature death in Australia and can increase the risk of developing chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, arthritis, sleep apnoea, fatty liver disease and some types of cancer.

For most people, the risk of developing chronic disease can be lowered by adopting healthy lifestyle choices.

What is BMI?

Body Mass Index, or BMI, is used to determine whether you are in a healthy weight range for your height.

BMI compares your weight to your height, and is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres squared. It gives you an idea of whether you’re underweight, a healthy weight, overweight, or obese for your height.

A BMI outside of the ideal range of 18.5 to 24.9 puts you at higher risk of a weakened immune system and developing some chronic health conditions.

It’s important to note that while BMI is a useful measurement for most people over 18 years old, it is only an estimate and it doesn’t take into account gender, age, ethnicity and body composition.

Find out your BMI and health risk factors by using our 30 Second Health Check, on the home page.

CSIRO health

We shape the future.

We do this by using real science to solve real issues. Our research makes a difference to people, industry and the planet.

About the CSIRO

We ask, we seek, we solve. As Australia’s national science agency we’ve been pushing the edge of what’s possible for over 85 years – and we’re not stopping now. At CSIRO we shape the future. We do this by using science to solve real issues. Our research makes a difference to industry, people and the planet.

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Food and nutrition research

We deliver innovation to Australia’s food, health and wellness industries, resulting in significant health and economic benefits for Australians.

Within our food and nutrition research, we conduct research to improve our understanding of the causes of obesity, to provide the evidence base for the development and implementation of effective diet and lifestyle programs.

 

 

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“At CSIRO we are committed to tackling obesity in Australia. Obesity is a complex issue that needs collective impact through scientific research and behavioural change at the individual, family, community and organisational levels. #BeTheLast is a platform for that change.”

Professor Manny Noakes
Research Director for Nutrition and Health at CSIRO

The Impromy program

Impromy™ is the fastest growing and most effective program in the weight loss category - mainly because it focuses on health improvement.

About the program

Impromy™ is a health improvement program involving point of care testing to assess weight and risk factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose.

The program includes meal replacements, high protein meals and provides ongoing support by trained pharmacy staff.

The Impromy program eating plans have been specifically designed by CSIRO dietitians to provide members with a balance of protein to help manage hunger, essential nutrients for vitality and fibre for bowel health to kick start weight loss and help keep it off. The Impromy program consists of three phases for health and weight management and progresses members through these phases as they advance through the program.

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The research

Prior, and ongoing, clinical trials have provided the building blocks for the Impromy™ program. It expands on our prior research of higher protein diets and mobile phone technology, and how these can be used effectively in a community pharmacy setting.

Recently we trialed the new Impromy Health Professionals model, which involves giving General Practictioners (GP’s) access to support by a range of health professionals including dietitians, diabetes educators, exercise physiologists, physiotheraphists and  pharmacists. This combined approach was showed to greatly benefit the patient, by addressing excess weight issues holistically and providing education to improve nutrition and diet behavior.  Impromy members involved in the trial showed a significant improvement in weight loss and health based on screening data. Results of the trial will be published soon.

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The Impromy™ program focuses on improving health through weight loss and good nutrition. It comprises nutritious and great tasting meal replacements along with high protein meals.


BMI Calculator

Body mass index, or BMI, is used to determine whether you are in a healthy weight range for your height.

BMI compares your weight to your height, and is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres squared. It gives you an idea of whether you’re underweight, a healthy weight, overweight, or obese for your height.

A BMI outside of the ideal range of 18.5 to 24.9 puts you at higher risk of a weakened immune system and developing some chronic health conditions.

It’s important to note that while BMI is a useful measurement for most people over 18 years old, it is only an estimate and it doesn’t take into account gender, age, ethnicity and body composition.

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