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Bar chart #15 – The percentage of overweight men and women in Australia

The chart gives information about the percentage of overweight men and women in Australia from 1980 to 2010. 

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The bar chart illustrates the rate of overweight adults in Australia, at the start of each decade, beginning in 1980. 

Overall, it is clear that the percentage of overweight males was significantly higher than females in each year. Additionally, the rate of both men and women who were overweight rose over the research period. 

In 1980, just under 50% of Australian men were overweight, compared to only about one-third of females, which were the lowest figures for each gender during the research period. Over the next 20 years, the rates of overweight male and female citizens in Australia both saw significant increases, with the figure for men reaching a peak of almost 70% in 2000. 

From 2000 to 2010, slightly fewer men were overweight, as illustrated by a decline of roughly 3% in 2010, whereas the figure for women remained unchanged, with exactly half of Australian women being overweight in the final year. 

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