The health of Queenslanders 2014: Fifth report of the Chief Health Officer Queensland. The health of Queenslanders is a report from the Chief Health Officer to inform Queenslanders about the health status of the population.
This QLD Health Report “comes at a time when we, as a state, stand at the cross-roads of choosing change or potentially losing the battle with our greatest health challenge ... obesity—arguably the most confronting public health issue of this century. A global pandemic of a different kind: the by-product of prosperous times, technological advances, convenience and poor lifestyle choices”.Dr Jeannette Young, Chief Health Officer, QLD Health (piii)
About 1.1 million adults are obese in Queensland, and 1.2 million overweight. With 75,000 children obese and 146,000 overweight, a total of 2.5 million Queenslanders are of excess weight in 2014. Queensland had the highest adult obesity in the nation, 10% greater than Australia.
For children aged 5–17 years in 2013:
- Overweight and obesity—18% were overweight and 11% were obese. The obesity rate in disadvantaged areas was 2.2 times the rate in advantaged areas.
- Physical activity and screen time—41% undertook sufficient physical activity and 34% exceeded recommended screen time for entertainment. (p138)