Health inequality widens between poor and rich Aussies

Obesity rates are 38.5% in disadvantaged areas and 24.6% in advantaged ones, shows study

The health gap between disadvantaged and more affluent groups in Australia is continuing to widen, new research has found.


An analysis of data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics by Adelaide researchers shows the number of overweight and obese Australians is the highest on record and is highest among disadvantaged groups.

Rates of obesity, smoking, asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and psychological distress