Investigators: Prof Emily Banks (CI), Prof Adrian Bauman, Prof James Butler, Ms Debra Fernando, Prof Louisa Jorm, Dr Vicki Wade.

The health effects of obesity are far-reaching and could potentially undermine recent gains in life expectancy and work done to reduce the life expectancy gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

This project aims to identify targets for interventions to reduce hospitalisation, and hence certain adverse health outcomes, relating to obesity and overweight. It will provide reliable evidence on how obesity and overweight impact on the risk and costs of hospitalisation in Australia and how this impact varies with ageing, socioeconomic disadvantage, co-morbidity, physical activity and a range of other factors.