MORE than half of Tasmanian adults are overweight or obese, according to a report released yesterday.
And Diabetes Tasmania chief executive Caroline Wells says our bad eating and lifestyle habits are being passed on to a growing number of children.
Two reports released by the National Health Performance Authority found 65 per cent of Tasmanian adults were overweight or obese in 2011-12.
This was slightly higher than the 63 per cent national average, with just over a quarter (28 per cent) of Tasmanians obese, and 37 per cent overweight.
Ms Wells said the figures were no surprise, with the state's higher rates of disadvantage and unemployment contributing to the problem.
``It's particularly concerning when you look at rates of obesity in children,'' Ms Wells said.
``A report released earlier this year found 28.8 per cent of children between five and 17 were overweight and obese,'' Ms Wells said.
``That was up 10 per cent in five years, which is really significant when you add it to the number of adults . . . any numbers that high are extreme.''
Tasmania Medical Local chief executive Phil Edmondson said the reports - which also revealed that one fifth of Tasmanians smoked daily - served as a reality check.
Mr Edmondson said TML would soon announce four major projects targeting smoking, poor diet, nutrition, obesity, alcohol consumption and health literacy issues, in partnership with the state government and health and community groups.
``The data from today's reports will provide us with a good baseline to measure progress with some of these projects, moving forward,'' Mr Edmondson said.