Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Food Options Tempt Miners; Over-Eating a Problem at Camps

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Food Options Tempt Miners; Over-Eating a Problem at Camps

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Letitia Commerford

letitia.commerford@apn.com.au

WEDGES topped with gravy, vegetables glistening with oil and bain maries filled with all types of food from salad to what some refer to as "chum" -- this is the type of food that is served to miners living in camps.

Queensland Health statistics released last week tagged 75% of Mackay region residents as being overweight or obese -- 12% higher than the Australian average.

The statistics also indicated that the Mackay to Townsville area had the worst obesity problem in the state.

However, dietician and exercise scientist Helen Scott, of Corporate Bodies International, a company that audits food quality at Bowen Basin mines, said the quality of food supplied to miners wasn't the problem.

"Camp dining rooms provide a buffet of food options, with healthy and less healthy options available," Miss Scott said.

"Over consumption and portion distortion are the primary issues that face many miners, especially when they are new to camp living. …

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