How Healthy Is Your Suburb?

Some of Melbourne’s wealthiest suburbs are home to the slimmest populations in Australia, new health data shows. But in most parts of the state, people of a healthy weight are now a minority group.

A comprehensive report mapping Australians’ health has revealed 54 – 57 per cent of people living in Melbourne’s CBD, and in the surrounding suburbs of Carlton, Docklands, Southbank, and North Melbourne are a healthy weight.

These suburbs were closely followed by Toorak, Albert Park, and Surrey Hills where people of a healthy weight still outnumber those who are overweight and obese. But only just.

As soon as you look beyond Melbourne’s leafy eastern suburbs and into rural and regional areas of the state, the scales tip.

In Thomastown, Lalor and Campbellfield in Melbourne’s north, 71 per cent of people are now overweight or obese, putting them at risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Corio and Norlane in Geelong posted the same result. They were followed by Meadow Heights, Bacchus Marsh and Melton West.

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