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    10   OBESITY

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the motion of Ms Hall—That this House:

(1)        notes:

(a)    that Australia is one of the most obese nations in the developed world;

(b)   that obesity is a growing problem in Australia;

(c)    the recommendations of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing tabled on 1 June 2009;

(d)   the findings and research of the George Institute and the Baker IDI Foundation;

(e)    the findings and strategies developed by the National Preventative Health Taskforce in relation to obesity; and

(f)    that the cost of the obesity epidemic to government at all levels is enormous and urgently needs to be addressed;

(2)    calls on all:

(a)    levels of government to recognise the severity of the obesity problem in Australia and its cost;

(b)   levels of government to continue to develop strategies to address Australia’s obesity epidemic; and

(c)    communities, and those living in them, adopt healthy lifestyles which include healthy eating and exercise; and

(3)    acknowledges the contribution of the Minister for Health and Ageing in:

(a)    raising community awareness of the obesity epidemic; and

(b)   investing in preventative health programs ( see item No. 2, Votes and Proceedings )—

Debate resumed.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.