Area’s obe­sity rate is high

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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