Obesity Health Promotion Research Method and Result


Townsville community’s demographic, epidemiological and social data were sourced online from credible sources searched via the Google search engine. “Townsville’s demographics” was used as the keyword when searching demographic and social data. The demographic and social data was sourced from Australia Bureau of Statistics website. The data on obesity distribution in Townsville was sourced online from the Australia Institute of Health welfare (AIHW). The keyword used was “Townsville obesity.” An online source documented by Riley provided the statistics of obesity distribution among adults and how it rose between 2007 and 2015. Besides, it highlighted how the proportion of adults adhering to bodily fitness activity course of action was worsening. A journal documented by Darby et al. was also used to obtain data on the rising prevalence of obesity in Townsville.

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Townsville community gender distribution (Australia Bureau of Statistics, 2016).

Population 229,031 people
Female 49.9 percent
Male 50.1 percent

Townsville community age distribution (Australia Bureau of Statistics, 2016).

Age-Group Number of People Percentage of the Population
0-24 years 61829 27
25-44 years 63931 28
45-64 years 59670 26
65 and above years 43601 19

Townville community level of education distribution (Australia Bureau of Statistics, 2016).

Education Number of People Percentage of the Population
Not stated 29091 15.5
No education attainment 654 0.3
High school and primary school 81239 43.3
Certificate level III and IV 37132 19.8
Diploma and advanced diploma 13339 7.1
Bachelor degree and above 26056 13.9

Townville community employment distribution (Australia Bureau of Statistics, 2016).

Employment Number of People Percentage of the Population
Unemployed 9866 9
Work part-time 31183 27
Away from work 5907 5
Work full-time 66829 59

Townville community waist circumference depicting high risks associated with metabolic complications (AIHW, 2019).

Women 66 percent of women population
Men 60 percent of male population

Townville community obesity distribution based on income distribution (AIHW, 2019).

Low income 38 percent of Townsville’ low income population
High income 24 percent of Townsville’ high income population

Townville community obesity distribution among adults (Riley, 2018).

Adult Obesity Obesity Prevalence percentage among Adults Percentage Adhering to Physical Activity Guidelines
2014-2015 63.6 47.2
2007-2008 43.6 51.4



AIHW. (2019). Overweight and obesity: an interactive overview. Retrieved from https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/overweight-obesity/overweight-and-obesity-an-interactive-insight/data.

Australia Bureau of Statistics. (2016). Townsville 2016 quick stats. Retrieved from https://quickstats.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2016/quickstat/318.

Darby, A., Hay, P., Mond, J., Quirk, F., Buttner, P., & Kennedy, L. (2009). The rising prevalence of comorbid obesity and eating disorder behaviors from 1995 to 2005. International Journal of Eating Disorders42(2), 104–108. doi: 10.1002/eat.20601.

Riley, R. (2018). Townsville residents getting fat fastest in Australia. Retrieved from https://www.diabetesqld.org.au/media-centre/2018/january/townsville-residents-getting-fat-fastest-in-australia.aspx.