More than a third of all Central Goldfields Shire residents are now considered obese, the highest amount compared to all other local government areas in Victoria, new data has found.
According to the data collated from the Australian Bureau of Statistics by Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute, more than 36 percent of Central Goldfields residents are obese — based off a person’s Body Mass Index (BMI).
The neighbouring Pyrenees Shire also ranked high on the list, with 35.6 percent of its residents now considered obese.
The data also showed that more than 70 percent of adult residents in both the Central Goldfields and Pyrenees shires are considered overweight or obese, with 71.1 percent and 71.8 percent respectively, pushing the Pyrenees into the top five most overweight or obese local government areas in Victoria.
The data is in line with the Mitchell Institute’s findings in other regional areas, with the rate of obesity in outer metropolitan and regional Victoria more than double that of wealthy Melbourne suburbs.
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