AN APN IN­VES­TI­GA­TION RE­VEALS OUR RE­GION IS OVER­WEIGHT, BUT WE’RE NOT THE WORST –

Bundy has lowrate of take­aways

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By PAMELA FROST APN News­desk

Michelle Trute, Di­a­betes Queens­land chief This is con­cern­ing be­cause meals con­sumed out­side of the home are likely to be larger por­tions and con­tain more un­healthy fats and kilo­joules

ALTHOUGH about 70% of Bund­aberg’s pop­u­la­tion is over­weight or obese, the re­gion did not score too badly in an anal­y­sis of fast food restau­rants lin­ing the streets.

In a bid to find Queens­land’s fast food cap­i­tals, Di­a­betes Queens­land has ranked Bund­aberg as hav­ing one of the state’s lower num­ber of fast food restau­rants com­pared to the pop­u­la­tion.

Out of a rank­ing of one to 37, with one be­ing the worst, Bund­aberg ranked 28th.

The anal­y­sis found there were 21 fast food out­lets in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment area, or one for ev­ery 4475 peo­ple.

While there is not a short­age of fast food restau­rants in Bund­aberg, data col­lec­tion sug­gests the low rank­ing could be caused by the pop­u­la­tion be­ing dis­persed across a large area.

Five ar­eas that had the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of fast food out­lets in the state were also hubs for the re­sources sec­tor.

Di­a­betes Queens­land chief Michelle Trute said it was ev­i­dent that Queens­lan­ders were overindulging in fast food.

She said a re­cent health re­port showed for ev­ery dol­lar Queens­lan­ders spent on food, almost half was spent at fast food out­lets and restau­rants.

“This is con­cern­ing be­cause meals con­sumed out­side of the home are likely to be larger por­tions and con­tain more un­healthy fats and kilo­joules,” Ms Trute said.

“If you’ve fin­ished a hard day at work and stop in for a large meal combo at one of th­ese chains, you can end up eat­ing more than half your daily kilo­joules in one meal, which is a sure-fire recipe for dan­ger­ous weight gain.” She called for ac­tion. “When it comes to fast food, that could in­clude manda­tory kilo­joule la­belling, a tax on sug­ary drinks, lim­its on fast food restau­rants near cer­tain lo­ca­tions like schools and bans on junk food ad­ver­tis­ing to chil­dren,” Ms Trute said.

“It is im­por­tant the com­mu­nity takes a role in find­ing a so­lu­tion to this se­ri­ous is­sue.”

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