Queensland is in the midst of an obesity epidemic. Around 65 per cent of Queensland adults and 27 per cent of Queensland children currently weigh in as overweight or obese.
On current trends, around three million Queenslanders will be overweight or obese by 2020, increasing their risk of chronic disease, including certain cancers.
It’s a statistic public health experts want to change, so they have today’s launched Queensland’s first population-wide Everyday Health Survey.
The survey seeks to evaluate individual diet and lifestyle habits in order to improve community health and wellbeing. The survey focuses on factors such as nutrition, food marketing, and consumer psychology and behaviour.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift called on Queenslanders aged 18 and over to complete the online survey and test their everyday health. “Our Everyday Health Survey will inform the development of targeted strategies to help all Queenslanders live healthier, happier and more empowered lives,” Ms Clift said.
“We want to get a snapshot of how Queenslanders access information about healthy eating and what changes they would like to see in the community to help improve dietary habits.
“Understanding what influences food choices, how Queenslanders prepare meals and the biggest barriers to healthy eating are crucial to help us take action and support our State to get healthy.
“Survey respondents will also have their say on food marketing practices – including marketing to children, social marketing and the positioning of unhealthy food to encourage sales.
“The Everyday Health Survey also seeks to better understand any interactions between mental health, diet and physical activity, and how food habits may be affected by mood.
“This comprehensive study will allow us to take action, develop initiatives and strategies to help the community lead healthier lives, and guide the development of future research.”
Queenslanders can complete Cancer Council’s Everyday Health Survey online at cancerqld.org.au. The survey closes on 29 February. Participants will be able to request a copy of survey answers and findings once they have completed the anonymous test.