Women should take a stand

Over the past 10 years the prevalence of diabetes and obesity (diabesity) in women has risen dramatically.

Currently, two-thirds of Australian women are overweight or obese, and 8% have diabetes.

Up to 10% of the diabetes burden has been attributed to physical inactivity.

Exercise is crucial in fighting off the extra kilos; during midlife Australian women gain an average of half a kilo each year.

Exercise is also an essential component of the prevention, treatment and management of diabetes.

At least one in every two women are trying to lose weight or prevent weight gain, yet fewer than