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Melbourne's Unhealthiest Suburbs Revealed

New health data has shown links between Melbourne's wealthiest suburbs and the slimmest populations. But the majority of us are in the unhealthy weight range.

The report, which maps Australians' health has shown that just over half of the people living in the CBD and it's surrounding suburbs are a healthy weight. These 'healthy' suburbs include Carlton, Docklands, Southbank and North  Melbourne. These are closely followed by Toorak, Albert Park and Surrey Hills.

It turns out, as soon as we look a little bit further past the inner suburbs, the scales begin to tip in the other direction.
Over 70% of the population in Thomastown, Lalor and Campbellfield in Melbourne's north, is now overweight or obese. People in Meadows Heights, Bacchus Marsh and Melton West closely follow these statistics.

Overweight or obese populations are at a greater risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

The more affluent suburbs of Melbourne are not completely immune to health problems. Carlton and the CBD are in the top three Australian suburbs for rates of high blood pressure, putting the population at risk of stroke and heart attack problems. Over half the population are in this window.

The report, conducted by Victoria Uni and Torrens University, is mapped on a new website by the Australian Health Policy Collaboration.

Dr Andrew Knight, a GP and senior lecturer from the University of NSW has reviewed the data.

"The higher you are on the pecking order, the healthier you are…There is a clear gradient across the country," he said.

For more information on the report, head to the Vic Uni website.

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