Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Growing Obesity a Big Concern in Wide Bay

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Growing Obesity a Big Concern in Wide Bay

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Jim Alouat

HEALTH REPORTER

jim.alouat@news-mail.com.au

Wide Bay

Weight

Underweight 2.9 %

Healthy weight 30.2 %

Overweight 37.4%

Obese 29.5%

Total unhealthy weight. 69.8%

Health conditions

Diabetes/high blood sugar 13.6%

High blood pressure 36.4%

High cholesterol 30.7l%

Any cancer (ever) 18.2%

Skin cancer (ever) 9.9%

Melanoma 2.5%

Smoking

Daily smoking 19%

Alcohol consumption

At least yearly, not weekly 31.5%

At least weekly 16.8%

Physical activity

Sufficient activity for health 54.8%

Fruit and vegetable consumption

Adequate fruit intake 51.6%

Adequate vegetable intake 11.9%

Mean daily fruit serves 1.7%

Quality of life

Self-rated healthy 77.9%

Quality of life 88.1%

Satisfaction with health 77.3%

Queensland

Weight

Underweight 2.8%

Healthy weight 39.9%

Overweight 34.7%

Obese 22.6%

Total unhealthy weight 60.1%

Health conditions

Diabetes/high blood sugar 9%

High blood pressure

29%

High cholesterol 29%

Any cancer (ever) 16.2%

Skin cancer (ever) 10.2%

Melanoma52.9%

Smoking

Daily smoking 14.4%

Alcohol consumption

At least yearly, not weekly 36.4%

At least weekly15.6%

Physical activity

Sufficient activity for health 59.6%

Fruit and vegetable consumption

Adequate fruit intake 52%

Adequate vegetable intake 9.4%

Mean daily fruit serves 1.7%

Quality of life

Self-rated healthy 83.1%

Quality of life 90.3%

Satisfaction with health 79.3%

PEOPLE in the Wide Bay region are fatter, smoke more, and eat less fruit and vegetables, despite all the health warnings.

This was the bleak picture found in the latest statewide health survey conducted by Queensland Health. …

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