Obesity Management Service

What is obesity?

Obesity describes somebody who is very overweight, with a high degree of body fat.

The most widely used method to assess a person’s weight is the body mass index (BMI), which is your weight in kilograms divided by your height in metres squared. If your BMI is:

  • 25-29, you would be considered overweight
  • 30-40, you would be considered obese
  • 40 and over, you would be considered very obese.

Another useful method is to measure around your waist. Men whose waist measurement is 94cm or more and women whose waist measurement is 80cm or more are more likely to develop obesity-related health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer.

Obesity causes day to day problems such as:

  • breathlessness
  • increased sweating
  • snoring or difficulty sleeping
  • inability to cope with sudden physical activity
  • feeling very tired every day
  • back and joint pains

Obesity can also cause harmful changes you may not notice, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. It can be damaging to your quality of life and is often a trigger for depression.

What is the Obesity Management Service?

The Obesity Management Service supports adults with a high level of obesity to improve their health and wellbeing. Our team includes doctors, nurses, dietitians, psychologists, occupational therapists and exercise physiologists.  The Service focuses on people with a high risk of developing complications from obesity or who already have additional health problems.

The Obesity Management Service encourages sustainable healthy lifestyle modifications (diet and exercise) and intensive treatments as required. These intensive treatments include rapid weight loss diets (very low energy or ketosis diets), weight loss medications and identification of patients suitable for publicly funded weight loss surgery.  Further information is available for patients (include link) and clinicians (include link).

For more information, please refer to information sheets that are available for patients and clinicians or contact us by ph 02 5124 1552, fax 6205 1198 or email OMS@act.gov.au.

Page last updated on: 6 Feb 2020