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    Health is number one for weight loss


    New research from CSIRO shows health conditions top the reasons for weight loss in Australian dieters. A survey of over 3,000 members of CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Online suggests weight loss is the best medicine for a range of chronic health conditions.


    65% of respondents listed concerns about their health as the #1 reason for losing weight.

    Top 7 conditions improved by weight loss

    % respondents who reported improvements in their health conditions from losing weight with the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet.




    87% of all respondents had at least 1 health condition. 50% of obese respondents had 3 or more health conditions.



    Greater weight loss = greater health benefits

    Of respondents who lost the most weight, a greater proportion reported that their health conditions improved.

    For example, 81% of those who lost the most weight reported improvement in Type 2 diabetes compared to 55% of the entire sample.



    Benefits beyond health

    The average obese member with 3+ health conditions reported an annual saving of $460 per condition from reductions in medication. 
    2 in 3 respondents reported having more energy from participating in the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet.
    For adults with obesity, the greatest health benefits come from losing the first 5% of body weight. Click here to find out how much weight you have to lose to be healthy.


    Did you know?

    Weight loss can improve:

    • Prediabetes / Type 2 diabetes
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Arthritis/ joint pain
    • Mental health
    • Sleep apnoea
    • Infertility
    • Asthma

    Important: Do not reduce or stop medication without seeking the advice of your doctor.

    Citation: Hendrie & Williams. CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Online: Member Survey. Understanding the health impacts of the program. CSIRO. 2019.