By Peter Smith in Sydney
Published: June 21 2008 03:00 | Last updated: June 21 2008 03:00
Australia has overtaken the US as the world's most obese nation, according to a study published in Melbourne yesterday.
The Baker Heart Institute's study, entitled Australia's Future Fat Bomb, found that 26 per cent of adult Australians, or close to 4m people, were obese.
The figure is higher than the US, which has a 25 per cent obesity rate.
"That, unfortunately, makes us the heavyweight champions, a title we don't really want," said Simon Stewart, head of preventative cardiology at the institute.
"As we send our athletes off to the Olympics let's reflect on the fact that we would win the gold medal now in the world fat Olympics, if there was such a thing."