2020 Report Launch – The Personal Costs of Weight Issues in Australia

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 “The Personal Costs of Weight Issues in Australia” highlights the perspectives of people who live with the challenges of overweight and obesity.  The purpose of the report is to help raise awareness, that living with obesity is not a result of a simple equation “eat less and move more”, nor a simple matter of lifestyle choices.   Obesity is complex, and in this report, we highlight just a few of the challenges specifically – weight stigma, navigating the health system,  and our environments. This report was developed during 2020 without any specific external grant funding.

We hope that everyone can learn something from this report and that key decision-makers and healthcare professionals take note of the recommendations to improve the lives of people affected by obesity.

We want to sincerely thank our WIN members and patients groups in obesity clinics who we consulted – especially those of you who were brave enough to come forward to talk about your issue. We also thank the many family members,  friends, and supporters that contributed their time and ideas over the year.   

We extend a special thank you to the following clinical and public health professionals, for supporting WIN and for the contribution of  evidence-based and expert statements in the report:

Prof. (Em.) Adrian Bauman – University of Sydney
A/Prof. Ahmad Aly – Head Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, Austin Hospital, Academic Melbourne University
Dr. Alexandra Jones – Research Fellow, Food Policy and Law, The George Institute for Global Health Australia, Food Policy, Conjoint Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney, NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow
Alice Pryor – Manager, Parents’ Voice
Prof. Amanda Lee – Public Health Policy and Head of Division of Health Promotion and Equity, The University of Queensland
Prof. Anna Peeters – Director Institute for Health Transformation, Deakin University
A/Prof. Annette Schmiede – Board member of the Northern Sydney Local Health District and former Executive Leader, Bupa Health Foundation
Beverly Johnson – Clinical Psychologist, Central Western NSW
Prof. Brian Oldfield – Obesity researcher, Monash University, President Asia and Oceania Association for the Study of Obesity, Vice President World Obesity Federation
Prof. Caroline Miller – Director Health Policy Centre, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, The University of Adelaide
Dr. Catherine Bacus – GP and Founder Alevia clinics (Primary care)
A/Prof. Christina Pollard – Director Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia, Vice President (Policy) Public Health Association of Australia
Prof. Clare Collins – Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Newcastle
Clare Mullen – Engagement Manager, Health Consumers’ Council WA
A/Prof. Gary Sacks – Global Obesity Centre, Deakin University
Dr. Georgia Rigas – GP & Chair of Specific Interests Obesity Group RACGP (Primary care/RACGP)
Prof. Helen Skouteris – Deputy Director, Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University
Prof. Ian Caterson – Boden Collaboration, CPC, and Endocrinology RPAH
Ms. Jane Martin – Executive Manager Obesity Policy Coalition, Cancer Council Victoria
Dr. Janet Franklin – Senior Dietitian Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Metabolism and Obesity Services
Dr. Jo Mitchell – Senior Advisor, The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre
Prof. Jo Salmon – Co-Director Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Deakin University
Prof. John Dixon – GP and researcher, Baker IDI (Primary care/research)
Dr. Kathryn Williams – Nepean Family Metabolic Health Service (Endocrinologist family clinic)
Kathy Grudzinskas – CNC Diabetes Educator for South Western Sydney Metabolic Rehabilitation & Bariatric Program
Prof. Louise Baur – Head of the Children’s Hospital Westmead Clinical School, University of Sydney
Adj. Prof. Louise Sylvan – Chair of Energy Consumers Australia, former CEO of the Australian National Preventative Health Agency and Vice-chair of the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing
Prof. Lucie Rychetnik – Co-Director The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre
Meredith Kearney – Deputy HOD, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Psychology Department Concord Hospital
Dr. Michael Talbot – President ANZMOSS (Bariatric surgery)
Dr. Narelle Story – Academic at The University of Sydney and Former bariatric nurse
Dr. Nic Kormas – Senior Staff Specialist Endocrinologist, Camden, Campbelltown and Concord Hospitals (Endocrinologist MDT clinics)
Dr. Nicholas Williams – Bariatric Surgeon, Endocrine Surgeon, Upper GI Surgeon, Wagga Wagga
A/Prof. Paul Dugdale – Australian National University Medical School, Medical Director Chronic Disease Management, ACT Health
Dr. Priya Sumithran – Clinician Researcher, Endocrinologist at Austin Health, Senior research fellow Centre for Research and Education in Diabetes and Obesity, University of Melbourne
Dr. Shelley Bowen – Managing Director Health Futures Australia
Dr. Shirley Alexander, Head of Children’s Hospital Institute of Sports Medicine and Weight Management Services, Westmead (Paediatrician, Weight Management Services)
Prof. Stephen Colagiuri – Boden Collaboration and Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney
Prof. Stephen Simpson – Academic Director Charles Perkins Centre, Executive Director Obesity Australia
Prof. Steven Allender – Director, Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE), Deakin University
Dr. Teresa Girolamo – GP and Director Re:You Health Group
Prof. Timothy Gill – Public Health Nutrition, Boden Collaboration for Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders, Charles Perkins Centre and Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney
Dr. Viral Chikani – Consultant Endocrinologist St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital and Princess Alexandria Hospital
Prof. Wendy Brown – Head Monash University Department of Surgery and Clinical Director Bariatric Surgery Registry
Adj. Prof.  William Bellew – Public Health, School of Public Health, University of Sydney