Men’s bodyweight and body fat have both increased in recent years, according to research published in the British Medical Journal.
The research found men in the US and Australia are significantly heavier than their female counterparts.
But men in Australia, on average, have about the same body fat as men in Britain.
“The Australian men have the highest average bodyweight,” Dr Julie Furlong from the University of Adelaide’s department of public health said.
“It is quite a dramatic difference.”
Men in Australia are getting larger.
“Dr Furlongs research found that in the UK, the average male bodyweight is around 28 kilograms.
But in the United States, the figure is a little more modest at 24 kilograms.
In Australia, the difference is more pronounced in men than women.
Dr Fudge said the results were quite striking.”
If you are a man and you have a high bodyweight it can be quite problematic for you to lose weight and it can lead to a lot of problems with your cholesterol and blood pressure and other risk factors,” she said.
Dr Andrew Wahlstrom from the Australian College of Physicians also said the findings were “quite disturbing”.”
The increase in obesity is quite surprising given the very low incidence of heart disease in Australia,” he said.”[It’s] very concerning because we have a very low prevalence of heart attacks and strokes, and obesity is the leading cause of death in Australia.
“In the UK a recent study found men’s BMI rose by 0.8kg between 1997 and 2012.
But Dr Wahl said the increase in men in both the US, Australia and the UK was a relatively small one.”
This is a very significant increase and it is significant, because men are very much affected by it,” he told ABC News.
Dr Wahl says there was a lot more work to be done to understand what is going on in men’s bodies.”
We need to understand how our bodies are changing, how the hormones affect our body and what happens to our blood pressure, our blood sugar and our cholesterol,” he explained.”
There are lots of ways that our bodies may be affected by obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
“But we know from studies that overweight people, who have high body mass index, are much more likely to die prematurely from any cause than are normal weight people.”
Dr Wischl has published a number of research papers in the last few years which have focused on the link between body mass and health, particularly cardiovascular diseases.
Dr David Glynn, a cardiologist from the Queensland University of Technology, said the study was “very encouraging” but he believed it was just a “case of statistical noise”.
“It’s quite important that we understand how these findings relate to other health issues,” Dr Glynn said.
He said it was possible that a higher body weight in the younger generations of men may be related to their more active lifestyles and their higher blood pressure.
Dr Glynn also said men who were obese were more likely than others to smoke and drink.
“I think that’s likely to be an explanation for the findings,” he advised.