Cholesterol falling in Australia, but we’re fatter than ever

CHOLESTEROL levels fell faster in Australia and New Zealand than in any other region in the world in the last 30 years, a new global study shows.

But obesity is still rising, with Australians having the third biggest increases in BMI in the world over the past two decades.

Researchers from the US, UK and WHO estimated trends in cholesterol, obesity and blood pressure using health surveys and epidemiological studies from 199 countries between 1980 and 2008.

The data showed that total cholesterol levels fell in the global high-income regions of Australasia (Australia and New Zealand), North America and Western