Queensland leads Australia on obesity

Given the high costs of obesity on the health system, today’s new Australian Health Survey data for 2011-12 from the ABS should be concerning to the Queensland Government, with Queensland leading Australia in obesity (a Body Mass Index of 30 or more) (see chart below). Of course, it’s not just a Queensland problem, with high and increasing obesity rates across Australia. Unfortunately, our sprawling cities mean people get far too little exercise, with very few people walking or cycling to the shops, work or school. Once Government budgets recover, it would be wise for Government health agencies to amplify their public information campaigns on healthy living and to investigate the potential for a junk food tax.

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4 Responses to Queensland leads Australia on obesity

  1. KS says:

    There may be an opening here for a link to the Rory Robertsoin war on sugar but that would risk decades exiled by Bob Katter in some gulag near Mt Isa!

  2. wartica says:

    It looks like America isn’t to far off from this number; more education will hopefully get that number to drop off:)

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