The Obesity Myth



Year of Production


Production Company



SBS Australia



Obesity is a major problem in Australia. How major? An estimated 25 percent of Australian adults are obese, while two-thirds of the population are overweight. Besides the risk to their own health – the increased chance of diabetes, heart disease and cancer – there’s the cost to society of obesity, which is put at $9 billion dollars.

So what’s the reason for the obesity epidemic? Ask most people and they’d probably respond with some variation of: “Well, obese people eat too much.” And while food intake is of course part of the problem, the actual cause is more complicated than that. New SBS documentary series The Obesity Myth follows the work at Melbourne hospital Austin Health, where obesity is treated as the genetically derived disease the evidence suggests it is.

Series 1: 3x60 | HD | 2017