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What happened to the iconic fit, athletic Aussie? With obesity rates increasing at a faster rate than any other advanced nation over the last 20 years, the average Aussie has become overweight or obese. Recent figures show one in two Australians are overweight and if this trend continues, by 2020, 80% of all Australian adults and a third of all children will be overweight or obese.
Our national physique is changing shape and with expanding waistlines come increases in the occurrence of lifestyle induced heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The impact of this change is enormous and life-threatening — obesity having recently overtaking smoking as the leading cause of premature death and illness in Australia.
The good news? Our future health and wellbeing is in our hands. A healthy diet combined with some regular exercise could see the return of the fit, healthy Aussie.
Not only will our bodies reap the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, but our finances too. A healthier population would mean less stress on our medical centres and hospitals, and also reduce the cost of life insurance, with less people requiring a medical loading on their premium.
Today insurance companies are taking additional steps to help their customers with their wellbeing by offering advice and guidance on health and fitness — and rewarding customers who improve their health by lowering the cost of insurance and other benefits.
A few leading ones include:
- AIA Vitality and Medix by AIA Australia
- My Wellbeing by BT
- On Track and Best Doctors by MLC
- Health Sense and BEACN by TAL
- LiveWell by Zurich
Making just a few small changes to your health and wellbeing can not only slowly improve your quality of life now and in the future, but could also be saving yourself money.
Make an appointment with us today to discuss how you can improve your lifestyle and wellbeing by the additional rewarding incentives offered.