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The LiveLighter Harvey Harvest Festival is spreading the “LiveLighter” message from its sponsorship partner Healthway to encourage Western Australian adults to lead healthier lifestyles – to make changes to what they eat and drink, and to be more active.

Overweight and obesity continues to be a major public health issue with more than two-thirds of Western Australians being overweight or obese.

The Harvey Harvest Festival wants to help change behaviours and environments to improve healthy eating and physical activity.

“While it’s important for individuals to make healthier choices, the environment we live in greatly impacts on those choices, so we are also advocating for healthier environments,” said Harvey Harvest Festival Chairman Joe Capogreco.

“With the LiveLighter Harvey Harvest Festival celebrating our local harvest and showcasing where fresh produce comes from and how to cook it, it is an ideal partnership to promote the healthy food message and how to eat healthily.”

Some of the key findings in the National Health Survey released by the Bureau of Statistics include:

In Australia, 63.4% of adults are overweight or obese, a dramatic jump from 56.3% in 1995.

Men are more likely to be overweight or obese (70%) than women (56%), however what’s more concerning is that 66.6% of women and 60.3% of men have a higher waist circumference or “grabbable gut”, a sure sign of too much “toxic fat” around the vital organs, which can lead to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and several cancers.

We’re in for a bleaker future unless we all commit to changing our unhealthy ways and making simple changes.