Despite a large scale health campaign introduced by the Queensland Government, the figures are in, and obesity is still on the rise in regional Queensland.
Self described as being “about change and making Queensland the healthiest state”, the campaign was launched in October 2013. The first phase of the “Healthier, Happier” campaign was designed to ask Queenslanders to honestly evaluate their lifestyle, eating and physical activity habits, and to ultimately encourage healthy weight management.
However, the 2020 targets have fallen short – and Queenslanders are losing the battle of the bulge more than ever. Two out of every three adults in Queensland are now considered to be overweight or obese, with the data disproportionately higher in some regional hotspots. When it comes to “fit vs flab”, does where you live factor into how much you weigh – and is this even the right question to be asking?
Obesity In Regional Queensland: The “Hotspots”
Being leaders in Queensland’s fight against obesity is a hefty title that nobody wants. While Mackay takes the title as Queensland’s heaviest region, other noteworthy mentions include Rockhampton, Wide Bay Burnett and Townsville. Greater Toowoomba was named as Australia’s only region to maintain a significant decrease in obesity, boasting a 22% decline over the last decade.
There’s no denying that obesity is a complex social issue. While it may be easier to point the finger at obesity being a choice, factors that contribute to being overweight can also be postcode specific. Factors include socioeconomic disadvantages, generational weight issues, types of employment, the price of healthy meals vs takeout, access to fitness venues and even access nature itself. Whether we like it or not and for a variety of reasons – wealthier communities tend to be thinner.
While tackling your weight is a long game, there’s also more to it than simply looking “fitter”. Carrying excess weight on your body – especially for those classified as obese – is a major risk factor in developing cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and a number of different cancers.
How Can You Manage Your Weight Or Obesity In Regional Queensland?
While it might feel like climbing Mount Everest, if you know that there are some changes that need to be made in terms of managing your weight – it might be time to speak to a doctor.
By seeking the help of a medical professional, they may be able to determine if there are any underlying conditions that are contributing to weight gain. A doctor will also help identify unhealthy habits, and how to go about other lifestyle changes to get you where you want to be.
If you live in regional Queensland, access to a medical professional may be limited. This is where the services of an online telehealth provider like 13 Doctor may be of assistance, as we can provide consultations via video link – in the comfort of your own home.