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
The average Queensland male would need to walk from Brisbane to
Rockhampton to burn off the excess food consumed this
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
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
"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
"Cutting out some foods altogether and eating less of others
could save some people almost 100,000 kilojoules," Ms Hourigan
"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.
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