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Why change

As the Australian population is living longer it makes sense to be in good shape to get the most out of life.  The following health facts signal why there is no time like the present to embrace positive life changes.


Our weight

The obesity epidemic you read about in the paper or hear on the news is
not just a headline, it's absolutely true. In Queensland,

  • 1 in 3 adults are overweight 
  • 1 in 4 adults are obese
  • 1 in 4 children are overweight
  • 1 in 10 are obese


Our health

  • Currently, about 60 cases of type 2 diabetes are diagnosed in Queensland every day with obesity and a lack of physical activity a major contributing factor
  • 1 in 3 men and 1 in 10 women drink alcohol to a  level that puts their health at risk over a lifetime

 

Our food

  • Only 10% of people eat enough vegetables
  • 14% of adults and 7% of children consume sugar-laden soft drink daily

 

Our exercise

  • Only 56% of Queenslanders, aged 18-75,  undertake sufficient exercise for there to be a health benefit


What else the research tells us

  • Each year there are about 55,000 more overweight and obese adults in Queensland
  • We can expect more type 2 diabetes cases involving children
  • About two thirds of Queensland  GPs spend almost half their time dealing with
    obesity-related illnesses
  • Many people don't recognise the risk of being overweight or obese. For example, being at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cancer