Central Queenslanders are fatter than average

CENTRAL Queensland adults are tipping the scales above average, with new statistics showing the region's adult obesity rates are up to 36 per cent higher than the overall Queensland rate.

The State Government has released findings from the Self-reported health status 2011-12, categorised by local government area.

The report found adult obesity rates in Banana were 24 per cent higher, Gladstone 36 per cent higher, Isaac 39 per cent higher and Rockhampton 25 per cent higher than in Queensland overall.  

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the stats were shocking, and more needed to be done to help locals pursue healthier lifestyles.

"Being overweight or obese is linked to a range of chronic health problems, including some cancers," Ms Clift said.

"While obesity is caused by a range of complex factors, we know that eating a healthy diet and limiting sugary, fatty and salty food and drinks is important to maintain a healthy weight.

"Regional and remote areas of Queensland tend to have higher rates of obesity, putting locals at a far higher risk of ill health and premature death than their city counterparts.

"We're urging all Central Queenslanders to take a look at their lifestyle, and seek support to eat better, move more and help reduce these alarming obesity statistics."

  • In Banana, around 55 per cent of adults engage in sufficient physical activity, and only 9.9 per cent eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables for a healthy diet.
  • In Isaac, around 55 per cent of adults engage in sufficient physical activity, and only about 6 per cent eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables for a healthy diet.
  • In Rockhampton, less than half the adult population engage in sufficient physical activity and only 8.4 per cent eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables for a healthy diet.
  • In Gladstone, less than half the adult population engage in sufficient physical activity and only 8 per cent eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables for a healthy diet.

Queensland has the highest rate of adult obesity in Australia - 10 per cent higher than the national rate.

At least one-third of all cancers are preventable through lifestyle adjustments including eating a healthy diet, being physically active, reducing alcohol intake and maintaining a healthy weight.

Queenslanders are invited to join the QUEST to live a healthier life at quest.org.au.


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