Darling Downs residents are still among the most obese in the state.
Darling Downs residents are still among the most obese in the state. Brenda Strong GLA130412DANC

SOUTHERN DOWNS: Still one of the fattest regions in Qld

A NEW report released by the Cancer Council Queensland show Darling Downs residents are still among the most obese in the state.

However, even though obesity rates have increased in in other parts of the state, some up to 20 per cent, the number of obese and overweight adults decreased by more than 22 per cent in the Darling Downs region - the largest and only statistically significant decrease seen across the nation.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said it was concerning to see rates still rising in some areas and reminded people to put their health first ahead of World Cancer Day (February 4).

"Being obese or overweight can have a detrimental impact on your health and is one of the leading contributors to chronic diseases later in life, including some cancers,” Ms McMillan said.

"Between 2014-2015, 64 per cent of adults in the Townsville region weighed in as overweight or obese, compared to 44 per cent in 2007-2008.

"In the Toowoomba region between 2014-2015, 60 per cent of residents were still considered overweight or obese despite the decrease in rates, compared with 82 per cent in 2007-2008.

"Analysis of subregions showed Mackay is the heaviest community in Queensland, with around 83 per cent of adults' overweight or obese - up from 72 per cent in 2007-2008. Cairns is the healthiest region, with only 51 per cent bulging above average.”

Ms McMillan said up to one third of all cancer cases could be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices, including eating healthy and exercising regularly.

"Increase your intake of fruit and vegetables, and lower your consumption of sugars, processed meats and unhealthy fats to improve your diet,” Ms McMillan said.

"In addition, incorporate more movement into your everyday life - aim for at least 60 minutes of vigorous exercise every day to reduce your cancer risk.”

For more about Cancer Council Queensland and healthy living visit cancerqld.org.au or call 131120.

Obese and overweight adults by region as reported in Progress in Australian Regions:

Queensland: 64.3 per cent of adults are overweight or obese

Darling Downs: 59 per cent of adults are overweight or obese

Toowoomba: 63.3 per cent of adults are overweight or obese (Greater Toowoomba region is 60.5%)

Cairns: 51.5 per cent of adults are overweight or obese

Townsville: 64.6 per cent of adults are overweight or obese (Greater Townsville region is 63.4%)

Mackay: 83.4 per cent of adults are overweight or obese

Fitzroy: 73.1 per cent of adults are overweight or obese

Wide Bay: 70.1 per cent of adults are overweight or obese

Sunshine Coast: 60.3 per cent of adults are overweight or obese

Greater Brisbane: 62.9 per cent of adults are overweight or obese

Gold Coast: 61.6 per cent of adults are overweight or obese



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