"Instead of reaching for the chips, reach for the carrot sticks. Instead of grabbing a handful of lollies, grab a handful of grapes." ©iStockphoto.com/Zocha_K

Two thirds of Australians are overweight or obese

DIABETES Queensland is encouraging the state to think before they reach for the chips and sausage rolls today after recent findings indicate two-thirds of Australians are overweight or obese.

The concerning findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistic's Australian Health Survey indicate 70 per cent of Australian men and 56 per cent of Australian women are overweight or obese. The survey results also show one-quarter of Australian children are overweight or obese.

Diabetes Queensland CEO, Michelle Trute, says these statistics should be enough to encourage Queenslanders to get serious about their health and to think about what they're putting in their mouths.

"It's easy enough not to think about what you're eating, but this kind of behaviour is what has led Aussies to a life of overweight and obesity," Ms Trute said.

Ms Trute said she would love to see this study as the catalyst to a new, healthy Queensland that can really get the most out of the outdoors this state has to offer.

"What's the point of having the world's best beaches and rainforests in our backyard if we are too unfit to enjoy them?" she said.

Ms Trute said it's time for Queenslanders to think about what they are eating.

"This Tuesday when the country is celebrating Melbourne Cup Day don't feel you have to celebrate with unhealthy food and splurge on high-kilojoule alcoholic drinks."

"Instead of reaching for the chips, reach for the carrot sticks. Instead of grabbing a handful of lollies, grab a handful of grapes."

Ms Trute said sometimes the healthiest food isn't always the most enticing food, but it is time Queenslanders learned to love their veggies.

"Dip your carrot and cucumber sticks in hummus or a beetroot dip - you'll still get that flavour hit you're looking for but with the added bonus of vitamins and nutrients."

Ms Trute also said it is important to stay hydrated if you are having a drink this Tuesday.

"Try drinking a glass of soda water in between drinks, or swap champagne for soda water entirely. It's my answer to a healthy bubbly."

Overweight and obesity is one of the biggest risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes. Every day, 60 more Queenslanders are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, with prevalence rates expected to triple across Australia by 2025.

Type 2 diabetes is known as a lifestyle condition which can be largely prevented or delayed through regular exercise, ensuring a nutritious diet and maintaining a healthy weight.

For more information about type 2 diabetes and Diabetes Queensland visit www.diabetesqld.org.au.

Gympie Times


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