Queenslanders less active than other Australians – no surprise we lead Australia in obesity

I’ve previously posted on the higher rate of obesity in Queensland than in other States (Qld leads Australia on obesity), and no doubt a major contributor is the lower rate of participation in sport and physical recreation in Queensland than in other States. See the charts below for male and female participation rates in sport and physical recreation based on the most recent ABS data released today:

males

females

Obesity places a large and increasing cost on our health system and it may be cost-effective to encourage greater physical activity through investments in bike paths and public transport that people can walk to, noting the benefits from accessible public transport I mentioned in this previous post:

Cross River Rail or a Brisbane Metro?

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2 Responses to Queenslanders less active than other Australians – no surprise we lead Australia in obesity

  1. Tim Hughes says:

    Really interesting post Gene – is chasing votes counted as a sport in the ACT?

    • Gene Tunny says:

      Haha, no, thanks Tim, but I think the ACT result reflects it having lots of young public servants with jobs that aren’t too demanding and with plenty of leisure time.

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