Research shows that the conditions in which we live affect our health, long before we see a doctor. Adopting a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, as well as promoting better mental health.

In Wyndham:

  • Only 5% of residents eat enough fruit and vegetables
  • More than half are overweight or obese
  • Physical activity rates for children are 14 percentage points below the state average
  • More than 40% of adults and 88% of 13 to 17 year olds do not get enough daily activity
  • Almost 25% of women in Wyndham smoke, compared to 17% across Victoria

Everyone in Wyndham should have the opportunity to make the choices that allow them to live a long, healthy life, regardless of their income, gender, education or cultural background.

Wyndham Health Statistics

  • 53.9% of Wyndham Community Members are overweight and obese
  • 58.4% of Wyndham Community Members don’t eat enough Fruit and Vegetables
  • 42.2% of Wyndham community members consume alcohol at risky or high risk levels
  • 21.3% of Wyndham community members consume sugary drinks on a daily basis
  • More than 40% of adults and 88% of 13 to 17 year olds do not get enough daily activity
  • Almost 25% of women in Wyndham smoke, compared to 17% across Victoria
  • Physical activity rates for children are 14 percentage points below the state average

(Department of Health, Victorian population health survey 2011-2012, survey findings. State Government of Victoria, Melbourne)

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LiveLighter’s Shape of Victoria

LiveLighter’s Shape of Victoria Survey paints a vivid picture of the typical Victorian’s lifestyle, with many confessing to regularly eating fast food, skipping breakfast, and not doing enough exercise. 

Half of those surveyed believed their diet was ‘healthy’, yet the majority practiced unhealthy behaviours such as:

  • Only one in 14 ate the recommended amount of vegetables
  • Almost half regularly snacked on biscuits and chocolate
  • One in four ate takeaway at least every second day
  • One in three skip breakfast – a routine associated with overeating later in the day
  • One third are exercising only once a week at most

The survey also found that many Victorians seem to be falling into the habit of ‘mindless eating’, with up to 45% admitting to overeating when they’re stressed or upset, and almost 50% saying they didn’t realise how much they ate in a day.

On a positive note, more than half of us are grabbing fruit for a snack and many are changing their diets in a bid to improve their health and wellbeing. The findings show that there are plenty of areas where Victorians can shape up their diet and activity levels. For top tips on small steps you can make to achieve a healthy weight, visit the Live Lighter website.

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