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The National Preventive Health Strategy to tackle overweight and obesity and the role of complementary medicines

20 Sep 2019 6:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Morrison Government is progressing its 10-year National Preventive Health Strategy. The aim is to help Australians improve their health via early intervention, better information and the targeting of modifiable risk factors as well as the broader causes of poor health. The Strategy will provide clear and measurable proposals to empower Australians to take a proactive approach to their health and wellbeing.


Australia has the 8th highest proportion of overweight or obese adults aged 15 and over among 23. An incredible 67% of adults are overweight or obese, as are one in four children. [i]


Carl Gibson, Chief Executive Officer of Complementary Medicines Australia said that complementary approaches can play an important role in preventive and therapeutic health. He explains: “Where weight-loss is concerned, several complementary approaches may be used. These may help people to make better choices and include mindfulness, healthy nutrition and stress reduction.”


Examples of complementary approaches are:

·         Dietary supplements and herbal preparations – with various functions from increasing the feeling of fullness to inhibiting appetite and antidepressant qualities.

·         Acupuncture – the ancient Chinese therapy that involves the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points. Acupuncture may enhance body function.

·         Meditation – to help reduces stress and anxiety and may thus help to ease emotional and compulsive eating. Mindful meditation may help enhance clarity and encourage healthier choices.

Trained and experienced practitioners can provide expert knowledge and advice of their own

[i] https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-data/behaviours-risk-factors/overweight-obesity/overview

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