According to Australian Health Survey, overweight and obesity have increased from 56.3% in 1995 to 61.2% in 2007–2008 and 62.8% in 2011–2012. It has been attributed to poor eating habits closely related to the availability of fast food and takeaway, sedentary lifestyles and lack of exercises.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the total annual cost of obesity in 2008 including health system costs, loss of productivity and carers’ costs were estimated at around $58 billion.
We all know how to avoid obesity. There are several programs to lose weight, there are at least 3 gyms in each suburb and there are hundreds of professionals involved from doctors to personal trainers.
However, we forget about another important thing: brain health.
The brain is the most important part of the body. No artificial intervention was able to replace or reproduce a brain and there is no way to transplant a brain into a person. If the brain dies, the person dies too.
According to with Dementia Australia, there are more than 400 thousand Australians living with dementia in 2016. That will cost a staggering value of more than $$14.67 billion to the health system. It is not a simple thing that should be unnoticed. It is something very important and we should start doing something now to prevent dementia and also to give a better quality of life for those who already have it.