THE Cancer Council has expressed urgent concern over the latest adult obesity figures released for Queensland, showing Gold Coast locals have alarmingly high rates.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s Healthy Communities: Overweight and obesity rates across Australia, 2014–15, was released this week.
The report found around 23 per cent of Gold Coast adults are obese, and about 61 per cent weigh in as overweight, putting their lives at risk.
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Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said being overweight or obese increased the risk of developing cancer.
“Growing rates of overweight and obesity in Queensland are a serious issue – being an unhealthy weight can greatly increase the risk of being diagnosed with chronic disease,” Ms Clift said.
“We need to make the healthy choice the easy choice for all Gold Coast locals, assisting them to make the best lifestyle decisions.”
At least one-third of all cancers are preventable, through simple lifestyle changes including maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet and being active daily.
The Cancer Council encourages all Queenslanders to be active on most, if not all, days of the week.
“It’s crucial that we incorporate exercise as part of our daily routine, burning off any extra calories we may be eating – especially during the festive season,” Ms Clift said.
“Start at 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity everyday – walking, housework or even gardening – and aim for 60 minutes of exercise a day to further reduce your cancer risk.
“It’s crucial for Gold Coast adults to eat the recommended two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables daily, and to follow the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
“Eat plenty of vegetables, fruit, grain foods, lean meats and poultry, legumes and beans, and milk, yoghurt and cheese.
“It’s important to limit intake of foods containing saturated fat, added salt, added sugars and alcohol for overall health and happiness.
“Limiting alcohol and avoiding soft drink will also reduce the risk of preventable cancers, and boost overall wellbeing in the short and long term.”