Australia Measures Up and Faces Obesity
In an effort to combat obesity, the Australian government is set to hand out 700,000 specially designed measuring tapes to doctors, health centres and the general public. Recently out-eating the US to claim the fattest nation in the world title, Australia currently has over 9 million obese and overweight adults, which accounts for around 44% of its population.
The measuring tapes are color coded to indicate a healthy or at risk waist size, green for lean and red for spread. Although the tapes are not entirely accurate in diagnosing obesity, excess waist fat is a good indicator of internal fat deposits which lead to a number of health risks, including heart disease.