NEW figures from Access Economics show that obesity cost Australia 21 billion dollars last year, doubling the cost of Medicare.
Owners of Globe Gym, Jon and Rachael Crook, said the centre meets many people in the Coastal region suffering from ailments that can be directly related to obesity.
“A huge reason why we continue to provide so much service as a gym is we have noticed a significant increase in the amount of Australian's who are scared their lives will be burdened with conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis and cancer,” they said.
About 3.24 million Australians are obese, with the figure likely to double to 7.2 million within 20 years if current trends persist.
“The frustrating part is that regular exercise can reduce the chances of conditions like cancer and cardiovascular disease by more than 50 per cent,” Jon and Rachael said.
“In addition to the health benefits, engaging in fitness can often prove a great opportunity to spend quality time with the people you love, not to mention give you a body to be proud of.”