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The future is a BIG scary prospect

Tuesday 25 January, 2011 by Laura

George Orwell fortold a future where history was rewritten by the Ministry of Truth and ‘Big Brother is watching you': not a world I'd like to live in. Uri Geller has predicted that Al Gore will be US president and that in the next 50-70 years we will be able to teleport items: a little far-out perhaps? Meanwhile, fahionistas are predicting a come back of the croptop in 2011: help!

Sadly, fashion trends are predicted by people that make the clothes, so we're back to the bare midriffs of the 80's and early 90's. But authors, celebrities and psychic's predictions don't often come true. A group that does tend to get it right when it comes to predicting future trends is epidemiologists. Epidemiologists are scientists that study patterns of health and illness and associated factors at the population level.

Latest research, from the Australian Diabetes Obesity and Lifestyle Study at Monash University, has made a BIG scary future prediction - that by 2025 the number of obese Australians will be greater than those of healthy weight. This has been calculated based on the amount of kgs we've gained between 2000-2005.

Reported at the end of last year in The Age and this week in the Sydney Morning Herald the study is causing a bit of a stir. Study leader Helen Walls says that only about 28 per cent of adults would be at a healthy weight in 2025 but nearly 34 per cent would be obese.

So, we need to make some serious lifestyle changes now to change the outcome of this study prediction. It's hard to make lifestyle changes but it's possible. Check out Sarah's story for inspiration. If we're going to avoid this BIG scary future that has been predicted then we have to focus in on three of magnificent seven health habits: eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight and be physically active.

I am going to make a prediction of my own - If Monash's prediction of 34 per cent of Australian's are obese comes true, that croptops will most definitely not be in fashion in 2025.

What ways can you change your lifestyle? Do you have an inspiring story to tell?

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