AN APN INVESTIGATION REVEALS OUR REGION IS OVERWEIGHT, BUT WE’RE NOT THE WORST –
Bundy has lowrate of takeaways
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.”