Young women and weight

Currently young women show the greatest weight gain in any age group – 0.7kg per year – which alarmingly equates to 7–10kg a decade.

While over a third (35%) of young Australians in 2007–08 were estimated to be overweight or obese, there is a rising incidence of eating disorders in women aged 15–24 years.

Many GPs indicate they find the area of weight management difficult, and evidence suggests that fewer than half of patients with clinically significant eating disorders are identified in primary care.

However, GPs and primary care health