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Doctor angers tuckshop ladies over flabby arm jibe

TOOWOOMBA "tuckshop ladies" have come out strongly against a senior Queensland doctor who claimed "tuckshop lady arms" indicated a poor diet.

As part of State election lobbying, the Australian Medical Association's president, Shaun Rudd, said Queensland was fighting the "war on wobble" and "tuckshop lady arms" were evidence of unhealthy foods being served to school children.

"The school tuckshops are supposed to be healthy places, but the reality is, they aren't," Dr Rudd said.

"We've all seen tuckshop ladies and there's a reason why they've got tuckshop lady arms," he said.

Wilsonton tuckshop volunteer Rosemary Jefferies said she found the comment offensive.

"I find it insulting that somebody who has no idea what he is talking about would make a public comment as wrong as that," Mrs Jefferies said.

"The tuckshop runs on mothers who volunteer their time. Without these women, there is no tuckshop for the kids.

"I don't have tuckshop lady arms. It's called getting old," she said.

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Former tuckshop convenor Pattie McCaul said the comment was completely incorrect.

"The comment is disgusting and was made with no inside knowledge," Mrs McCaul said.

"We are so busy. We barely get time to eat ourselves so the idea that we have flabby arms because we eat the same food we serve is ridiculous.

"You also can't blame obesity on tuckshops. Diet comes from the home.

"In the past couple of years, tuckshops have got rid of a lot of their junk food," she said.

Doctor apologises for comments

AMA Queensland president Shaun Rudd has apologised for his "flabby arms" comment after it caused a backlash.

Dr Rudd has said his comment was not intended to be offensive.

"I would like to apologise for any offence I have caused with an off-the-cuff remark, using an inappropriate colloquialism," Dr Rudd said.

"Of course, tuckshop volunteers do a terrific job supporting their schools.

"However, this shouldn't distract from the dire situation most Queenslanders are in.

"We are too fat and our children will be the first generation not to live as long as the previous one.

"Obesity is a difficulty subject, but sensitivity and political correctness should not get in the way of making changes we need to prevent a terrible tragedy for this generation and those to come.

"I've offered to meet the Queensland Association of School Tuckshops so that we can work together on tackling this deadly epidemic," he said.

Pattie McCaul said she would not accept the apology.

"Once it's out there, you can't take it back," Mrs McCaul said.

"It's just like hammering a nail into the wall. You can take it out, but the scar will still be there," she said.

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