Europe, Malaysia, Sweden, and Japan, all made headlines this month because of their own battle with the bulge. The AFP reports that the fear of obesity has left many Australians struggling with eating disorders:Last week it became incredibly obvious that America is not alone in the obesity struggle.
Almost five percent of Australians suffer from disorders including extreme fasting and purging, up from just two percent 10 years ago, new research shows.
"We're surprised and obviously concerned too," said study leader Phillipa Hay, head of psychiatry at James Cook University, who was to present the data at a national psychiatry conference.
"This is an alarming trend which shows these problems are being felt more widely than first thought."
Women were five times more likely to have a disorder than men, but the study found a sharp rise in men with problems, she said.
"It's a clear problem when it's spreading into groups that weren't typically affected by weight issues," Hay said