About the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society
- The Society was established in 1991. It is a scientific organisation of medical practitioners, dietitians, scientists and other health care professionals interested in obesity research, treatment or public health initiatives directed at the prevention of obesity.
- The Society is a full member of the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO), and has over 600 members throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Region.
- Obesity is a complex and multifactorial disease. It is characterised by the excessive accumulation of adipose tissue to an extent that health is impaired.
- Obesity is a serious medical condition, associated with a wide range of chronic and life-threatening conditions and severe health complications. Health risks associated with obesity include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancers.
- Overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence is associated with a wide variety of serious complications and health problems. The most significant long-term consequence of childhood obesity is its persistence into adulthood.
- In addition to a high-fat, high-energy diet and a lack of physical activity, there are a number of other factors that may give rise to weight gain.
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