Area’s obesity rate is high
THE Wide Bay’s population has been identified as one of the most obese in the nation and rated as the second most physically inactive region in Australia, according to the Social Health Atlas of Australia.
Mundubbera Hospital Director of Nursing Jan-Adele Hotz said the problem for most was the way we had become a takeaway food society.
“The increase in diabetes is directly linked to the increases in obesity,” Ms Hotz said.
“The insulin that is naturally produced by the human body can’t get
Adrian Pennington These sobering diabetes statistics tell the story of what our clinicians see each and every day in our wards.
through the layers of fat, so it can’t do its job.”
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service chief executive Adrian Pennington said the Wide Bay had an alarming rate of diabetes prevalence.
“These sobering diabetes statistics tell the story of what our clinicians see each and every day in our wards,” he said.
“The number one cause of avoidable diagnosis for hospital admissions in the Wide Bay is complications due to diabetes.”
Ms Hotz said she encouraged people to take early steps to address the risk of diabetes.
Mundubbera Hospital and Health Service has offered blood sugar testing at community events.