Friday, 23 May 2014

National Registry for Obesity Treatment to be launched

Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine together with the Obesity Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand have been awarded over $800,000. To set up and co-ordinate the first Australian / New Zealand registry to record the outcomes of bariatric surgical procedure undertaken. 

According to 2007 statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), Australia has the third-highest prevalence of overweight adults in the Anglosphere. The annual cost of obesity in Australia estimated to be around $58 billion. 

With a growing numbers of Australians looking to surgical procedures for weight loss, there has been a sharp increase from 5000 in 2005 to 12,000 in 2012 procedures performed. However there is little information on the quality and safety of procedures in general community or the long term results. Setting up of the registry will address this gap in knowledge. 

According to Associate Professor Wendy Brown, weight loss has the potential to be one of the most important health care interventions in our community. “The problem is that diet and exercise programs are typically only successful in the short term. Only three per cent of those who successfully lose weight can maintain that weight loss beyond three years. Results from specialist centres and clinical trials suggest that bariatric surgery provides significant weight loss safely and that weight loss persists beyond 10 years,” she said.

This week the UN Food chief Olivier De Schutter has commented that obesity and unhealthy diets are"a greater threat to global health than tobacco" . Highlighting obesity as one of the significant global health issues.

Look out for a more in depth Article in the Sunday Age  

1 comment:

  1. Following this link for the Age article on bariatric surgery and the new SPHPM registry.
    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/surgery-eases-struggle-to-control-weight-20140531-39b5h.html

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