PORTLAND community leaders have backed a new World Health Organisation (WHO) supported initiative to fight obesity in the city.
The project follows the release of the Glenelg Shire Community Health Profile that showed a staggering 71 per cent of men and 49 per cent of women in Glenelg shire were overweight or obese.
A workshop involving 50 Portland community leaders endorsed the WHO-endorsed plan to combat those alarming figures.
The Portland project has been titled SEA Change, or Sustainable Eating and Activity Change, and is targeted at Portland children.
As part of the plan, local leaders have developed a model that describes the factors leading to obesity.