Profiling Obesity: Four Distinct Clinical Subtypes of High-BMI Australians
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Obesity, defined as an excess of fat in the body, is a condition with serious and numerous physical, social, psychological and economic consequences. Over the past 35 years, obesity has become a global epidemic, and Australia is one of the worst-affected nations. Over 63% of Australian adults are overweight or obese, and rates have been accelerating by 1% per year since the 1980s. Treatment advances have dramatically improved short-term weight loss outcomes, but relapse rates remain at a staggering 80-95% despite half a century of dedicated multidisciplinary research into this tenacious phenomenon. Researchers have identified a number of factors that explain this exceptionally high rate of relapse: the multiaetiological pathways to obesity; the breadth of factors implicated in the maintenance of obesity and the complexity of the interactions between these factors; the largely atheoretical nature of obesity treatments; and the inadequacy of Body Mass Index (BMI) as an accurate gauge of obesogenic risk have all been implicated in treatment failure.
Thesis (PhD Doctorate)
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (PhD ClinPsych)
School of Applied Psychology
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Body Mass Index (BMI)