Like politics, football and global warming, obesity is a topic that attracts huge attention in the media as well as talk on the street and in coffee lounges. This is not surprising since it is the most serious health issue facing the global community today.
Australia is in the top ten fattest nations globally and, like many other countries, we are struggling to control the epidemic of obesity and related chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes.
The renowned Israeli scientist, Eleazar Shafrir at the Hebrew University, coined the term “diabesity” to characterise the close link between obesity and diabetes. Today, diabesity is shaping as the biggest chronic disease epidemic in human history. It also leads to the onset of other debilitating and costly illnesses such as heart disease, certain cancers, musculoskeletal disorders and obstructive sleep apnoea, to name a few.