The number of overweight or obese adults in Toowoomba has dropped by 20% since 2007.
The number of overweight or obese adults in Toowoomba has dropped by 20% since 2007.

Drop in number of overweight and obese adults in Toowoomba

THE number of overweight and obese adults in the Toowoomba region has dropped by 20 per cent in seven years.

According to data from Progress in Australian Regions 2017 yearbook, 63.3 per cent of adults in Toowoomba were either overweight or obese between 2014 and 2015.  

This is down from 82 per cent in 2007 to 2008.  

The Queensland average is currently 64 per cent.  

Despite this, Toowoomba is still one of the most obese regional cities in Australia with 36.3 per cent of all adults obese, according to the Federal Government's Smart Cities data.  

Mackay was the most overweight or obese area of Queensland, at 83.4 per cent.  

Cairns was the slimmest region, with only 51.5 per cent of all adults overweight or obese.   

A Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service spokeswoman said they encouraged residents to take the impact of obesity seriously.  

"Given the adverse health implications of obesity, including increased risk of heart disease, various cancers, and diabetes, we welcome any improvement in rates of obesity in the region," the spokeswoman said.   

"For anyone wanting to start on a weight loss journey the benefits of a balanced diet and moderate exercise are widely acknowledged."   

"However as a first step we would recommend a visit to a GP to discuss options. A health assessment before embarking on any fitness program is advisable."   

Cancer Council CEO Chris McMillan said a third of cancer cases could be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices. 

"Increase your intake of fruit and vegetables, and lower your consumption of sugars, processed meats and unhealthy fats... incorporate more movement into your everyday life - aim for at least 60 minutes of vigorous exercise every day," she said. 



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