Weight loss competition to kick off in Nauru

Nauru is encouraging people to shed pounds in a weight loss competition coinciding with celebrations marking fifty years since independence.

The 'Be Fit, Be Healthy' competition is aimed at tackling alarming statistics around obesity, including a 40 percent diabetes rate.

The competition is among events being planned for the 50th anniversary of independence being celebrated next year.

Competitors must be a citizen of Nauru and top prize is a trip to Brisbane.

Children are also being asked to compete in a separate category for those under 18.