Queenslanders will eat a kilo of pure fat this Christmas

Queensland's leading health NGOs today warned people they could eat up to a kilo of pure fat over a two week period this Christmas.


It is estimated the average Queenslander will eat two kilos of ham, a kilo of chicken, a kilo of turkey, thirty pieces of deep fried finger food, a large packet of potato chips, a large packet of beer nuts, six cups of potato salad, a dozen mince pies, one Christmas pudding, almost a litre of custard, half a dozen candy canes, a box of chocolates, thirty-six beers and five bottles of wine.




The average Queensland male would need to walk from Brisbane to Rockhampton to burn off the excess food consumed this Christmas.


Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said Diabetes Queensland partnered with the Heart Foundation and NAQ Nutrition to help people understand the risks of overconsumption this Christmas.


"Overindulgence this Christmas could contribute to people becoming overweight or obese placing them at a higher risk of developing life-threatening chronic diseases," Ms Trute said


"On average people will attend about six Christmas functions and we estimate some people will eat a truly staggering 133,000 extra kilojoules which is the equivalent of 45 meals!


"That food will contain around a kilo of saturated and trans fat which significantly increase the risk of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease, especially if it becomes toxic fat covering vital organs like the heart, liver and pancreas.  .


"This Christmas we want Queenslanders to get healthy by cutting back, and cutting out, some foods. 


"Almost 1,000 Queenslanders will develop type 2 diabetes this Christmas - don't let Santa leave type 2 diabetes under your Christmas tree."


Heart Foundation Health Director Rachelle Foreman said it was important people were aware of how much physical activity was required to burn off all the energy consumed.


"We all tend to eat a little bit extra over the holidays but according to the figures released today, the average male would have to walk from Brisbane to Rockhampton to burn off the extra food eaten at Christmas," Ms Foreman said.


"People just don't understand the physical activity required to burn off certain foods. For instance, one mince pie takes a five kilometre walk to burn off.


"We encourage people to enjoy themselves in moderation, think about buying active toys and getting active by taking a family walk on Christmas Day or playing a backyard test match on Boxing Day.


"Regular physical activity helps people stay in a healthy weight range and avoid potentially life-threatening chronic diseases."


NAQ Nutrition Senior Nutritionist Aloysa Hourigan said people could avoid dangerous weight gain by making healthy choices this Christmas.


"Cutting out some foods altogether and eating less of others could save some people almost 100,000 kilojoules," Ms Hourigan said.


"A healthy holiday means filling your plate with veggies, halving your consumption of beef, chicken and turkey and cutting down on alcohol and sugary drinks.


"Saying no to deep fried delights and having one chocolate instead of three all adds up to a significant saving which can have big benefits to an individual's health."


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 and funded by the Queensland Government.


SEE ALSO:  Healthier. Happier. Christmas tips.


Media contact: Liam Ferney 0448 130 925


Note: While type 2 diabetes is largely preventable, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that attacks the pancreas cells that produce insulin. Insulin regulates the conversion of sugars in food into energy.


Editor's note: The calculations are based on six Christmas parties including Christmas lunch, Boxing Day leftovers, two workplace Christmas functions and two functions with friends and neighbours.


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