Central Highlands is the fast food capital of Queensland
according to new data detailing Queensland's fast food
Heart Foundation Queensland Health Director Rachelle Foreman
said the organisation was concerned about the prevalence of fast
food restaurants in communities across Queensland.
"A meal combo at a fast food chain can contain almost all of a
person's daily kilojoule requirements and when these fast food
outlets are on every second street corner - we have a problem," Ms
The exclusive new figures cover 11 major fast food chains in 34
of the state's most populous local government areas.
The figures reveal:
- Central Highlands is the fast food capital of Queensland, with
12 outlets in total, or one outlet for every 2,461 people
- Brisbane, with 359 outlets, had one outlet per 3,035 people
which placed it 7th out of 34 councils
- The tourist meccas of the Gold Coast (3rd place), Whitsunday
(5th place) and Cairns (11th place) are also
fast food meccas
- Somerset, with two outlets for its 22,000 residents, has the
lowest density of fast food restaurants ranking it last in position
34 out of 34 Councils.
Diabetes Queensland, the Heart Foundation and NAQ Nutrition are
encouraging Queenslanders to eat healthier, smaller portions during
the festive season. The Queensland partnership is also supported by
the Australian Government's new obesity prevention initiative,
Shape Up Australia.
Read about the research
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GPs fear the battle against obesity has been lost among adults
and attention should be focused on ensuring our children have a
chance at a healthy future, according to exclusive research
conducted by Diabetes Queensland.
Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said their in-depth
interviews with GPs cross Queensland found the majority spent
almost half their time dealing with obesity- related conditions and
"We found obesity-related conditions are swelling GP waiting
rooms and making it harder for doctors to deliver care and for
patients to get appointments," Ms Trute said.
"Two thirds of doctors told us they spent almost half their time
treating obesity-related conditions and illnesses including type
2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
"In fact, seven out of ten GPs said Queensland's obesity
epidemic impacted their work and their capacity to treat
"GPs branded this 'alarming', with many saying the number of
people presenting with issues relating to obesity had swelled by
more than 25 per cent in less than a decade."
More than 20,000 insulin injections, 30,000 finger pricks and
15,000 carbohydrate-counted meals are just part of the management
regime a child with type 1 diabetes can undergo before their
People with type 1 diabetes also encounter myths and
misinformation about their condition which can lead to
discrimination and stereotyping.
Diabetes Queensland's new "There are many types of diabetes -
This is 1" campaign will help dispel some of the myths associated
with type 1 diabetes. The campaign was launched in Maroochydore
today (Thursday) to mark World Diabetes Day.
Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said there were many
different types of diabetes.
"In cases of type 1 diabetes the pancreas is unable to produce
insulin at all, which differs from type 2 diabetes where insulin
production can be limited or reduced, or not used effectively by
the body," Ms Trute said.
"Type 1 diabetes, which affects more than 21,000 Queenslanders,
is not preventable, while many cases of type 2 diabetes can be
prevented through healthy eating and lifestyle.
"The different types of diabetes are also managed differently
which can cause confusion. We hope our campaign educates people
about some of the differences.
"Life with type 1 diabetes means frequently monitoring blood
glucose levels and regulating those levels with insulin
"Some children with type 1diabetes will have more than 20,000
injections and 30,000 finger pricks by the time they turn
"We hope the campaign will dispel myths like type 1 diabetes is
caused by too much sugar or that the condition only affects
Voluntary recall of medical device -TRUEtrack and
TRUEbalance blood glucose meters
We have been advised by Nipro Australia that they are recalling
some models of their TRUEtrack and TRUEbalance blood glucose meters
and replacing them with updated devices.
Nipro Australia has contacted all affected consumers to provide
further information and to arrange replacement of their meters.
The 96 meters have been identified by serial number and batch
To find out more information on the recall and which models of
TRUEtrack and TRUEbalance meters are affected go to
If your meter is affected by this recall and you are concerned
about how to measure your blood glucose levels, please call your
healthcare professional or Diabetes Queensland on 1300 136 588.
The Sunday Mail's ReachTEL survey, which found around two-thirds
of Queenslanders rated our state's health system satisfactory or
better, is an acknowledgment of the great work of Queensland Health
However, the sustainability of our hospital system and community
satisfaction with access to services is contingent on our ability
to manage the burden of chronic disease. No Government can sustain
the level of services required to support people with chronic
disease - especially people who are already high users of our
Diabetes is the number one bed blocker clogging up Queensland
hospitals. Diabetes-related conditions already accounting for
almost 1 in 5 bed days at some of our largest hospitals including
Caboolture, Ipswich, the Prince Charles, the Princess Alexandra and
Toowoomba. These numbers have almost doubled from where they were
just over a decade ago.
This is unsustainable and while we acknowledge the Queensland
Government is investing in preventive health the dramatic increases
in rates of type 2 diabetes show more needs to be done.
Queensland needs to deliver services and programs that help keep
people with all types of diabetes healthy and out of hospital.
There is no silver bullet but we can, as a community, turn this
around. We look forward to continuing to work with Queensland
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg and the Queensland Government
to help make Queensland the healthiest state in Australia.
Diabetes Queensland today welcomed the State Government's new
Healthier. Happier. campaign and acknowledged the role it
will play in the fight against obesity.
"With two-thirds of Queenslanders overweight or obese, it is not
an overstatement to say that the obesity epidemic is the single,
biggest threat to the health of Queenslanders," Diabetes Queensland
CEO Michelle Trute said.
"We hope this campaign encourages Queenslanders to eat less, eat
better and get active.
"We know obesity is a major factor in a number of chronic
diseases including some cancers, heart disease and the world's
fastest growing chronic disease type 2 diabetes.
"Obesity also costs the Queensland economy around $11.6 billion
per annum and we can't keep putting that on our credit card.
"Anything that raises awareness of the issues and prompts people
to think seriously about their own health and behaviour is
Ms Trute said successful campaigns were one part of an
"This campaign is one piece of a complex puzzle," she said.
"Diabetes Queensland hopes next steps include government
interventions, such as a ban on fast food advertising to children
and regulation of sugary drinks, as well as an investment in
community-based support and interventions.
"This includes programs like our own Eat Itwhich helps people
make healthier choices, Need for Feedwhich teaches children
valuable nutrition and cooking skills and theSwap Itprogram which
has already helped more than 8,000 Queenslanders live healthier
More children will soon have access to a type 1 diabetes insulin
pump to help them manage their condition.
Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Peter Dutton, has announced
$1.4 million funding for insulin pump subsidies under the Type 1
Diabetes Insulin Pump Programme.
In addition to the 68 pumps already available under the
Programme, ranging in cost from $4,500 to $9,500, the funding is
expected to benefit an additional 136 children and their
"Having access to these small devices, which deliver a
continuous level of insulin throughout the day, offers improved
lifestyle and quality of life benefits for children and their
families," he said.
"It also means that these children will avoid up to seven
injections or more each day, which is painful and makes life so
much harder for children already debilitated by the disease."
"Before the election the Coalition identified the prevention,
management and research into diabetes as a priority health area
pledging a better coordinated approach to tackling the more
preventable type 2 diabetes and ensuring that all diabetes services
funded by the various tiers of government and the non-government
sector had clear targets and were meeting their aims."
Mr Dutton added the federal government is committed to the
development of a new National Diabetes Strategy.