Health experts fear community confusion is driving Queensland's
growing obesity crisis.
The grim warning comes as a new survey found only four per cent
of people could tell the difference between healthy and unhealthy
"In a recent survey, people were asked to identify foods as
healthy and unhealthy. Worryingly only four per cent of people
surveyed passed this simple test," NAQ Nutrition Senior
Nutritionist Aloysa Hourigan said.
"The most common 'pitfall' was people incorrectly identifying
unhealthy foods like high-sugar breakfast cereals, Caesar salads
and frozen yoghurts. These foods are often marketed as healthy but
actually contain high amounts of sugar, fat and salt.
"By not knowing the difference between healthy and unhealthy
foods, Queenslanders are placing themselves at a higher risk of
developing potentially deadly chronic diseases like heart disease
and type 2 diabetes.
"Basically, people are eating too much, too often and snacking
too regularly on junk food.
"A single chocolate bar a day might not sound like much but over
a year it could lead to weight gain of around 12 kilograms per
year. Simply saying no could help people shed up to 12 kilograms a
Central Highlands is the fast food capital of Queensland
according to new data detailing Queensland's fast food
Heart Foundation Queensland Health Director Rachelle Foreman
said the organisation was concerned about the prevalence of fast
food restaurants in communities across Queensland.
"A meal combo at a fast food chain can contain almost all of a
person's daily kilojoule requirements and when these fast food
outlets are on every second street corner - we have a problem," Ms
The exclusive new figures cover 11 major fast food chains in 34
of the state's most populous local government areas.
The figures reveal:
- Central Highlands is the fast food capital of Queensland, with
12 outlets in total, or one outlet for every 2,461 people
- Brisbane, with 359 outlets, had one outlet per 3,035 people
which placed it 7th out of 34 councils
- The tourist meccas of the Gold Coast (3rd place), Whitsunday
(5th place) and Cairns (11th place) are also
fast food meccas
- Somerset, with two outlets for its 22,000 residents, has the
lowest density of fast food restaurants ranking it last in position
34 out of 34 Councils.
Diabetes Queensland, the Heart Foundation and NAQ Nutrition are
encouraging Queenslanders to eat healthier, smaller portions during
the festive season. The Queensland partnership is also supported by
the Australian Government's new obesity prevention initiative,
Shape Up Australia.
Read about the research
Urgent medical device recall
Test strips used with Abbott FreeStyle® Papillon Mini Blood
Glucose Meter are being recalled.
The strips are producing inaccurately low blood glucose
Call Abbott Diabetes Care Customer Service immediately at 1800 801
478 for a free replacement of the affected test strips.
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GPs fear the battle against obesity has been lost among adults
and attention should be focused on ensuring our children have a
chance at a healthy future, according to exclusive research
conducted by Diabetes Queensland.
Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said their in-depth
interviews with GPs cross Queensland found the majority spent
almost half their time dealing with obesity- related conditions and
"We found obesity-related conditions are swelling GP waiting
rooms and making it harder for doctors to deliver care and for
patients to get appointments," Ms Trute said.
"Two thirds of doctors told us they spent almost half their time
treating obesity-related conditions and illnesses including type
2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
"In fact, seven out of ten GPs said Queensland's obesity
epidemic impacted their work and their capacity to treat
"GPs branded this 'alarming', with many saying the number of
people presenting with issues relating to obesity had swelled by
more than 25 per cent in less than a decade."
More than 20,000 insulin injections, 30,000 finger pricks and
15,000 carbohydrate-counted meals are just part of the management
regime a child with type 1 diabetes can undergo before their
People with type 1 diabetes also encounter myths and
misinformation about their condition which can lead to
discrimination and stereotyping.
Diabetes Queensland's new "There are many types of diabetes -
This is 1" campaign will help dispel some of the myths associated
with type 1 diabetes. The campaign was launched in Maroochydore
today (Thursday) to mark World Diabetes Day.
Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said there were many
different types of diabetes.
"In cases of type 1 diabetes the pancreas is unable to produce
insulin at all, which differs from type 2 diabetes where insulin
production can be limited or reduced, or not used effectively by
the body," Ms Trute said.
"Type 1 diabetes, which affects more than 21,000 Queenslanders,
is not preventable, while many cases of type 2 diabetes can be
prevented through healthy eating and lifestyle.
"The different types of diabetes are also managed differently
which can cause confusion. We hope our campaign educates people
about some of the differences.
"Life with type 1 diabetes means frequently monitoring blood
glucose levels and regulating those levels with insulin
"Some children with type 1diabetes will have more than 20,000
injections and 30,000 finger pricks by the time they turn
"We hope the campaign will dispel myths like type 1 diabetes is
caused by too much sugar or that the condition only affects
Voluntary recall of medical device -TRUEtrack and
TRUEbalance blood glucose meters
We have been advised by Nipro Australia that they are recalling
some models of their TRUEtrack and TRUEbalance blood glucose meters
and replacing them with updated devices.
Nipro Australia has contacted all affected consumers to provide
further information and to arrange replacement of their meters.
The 96 meters have been identified by serial number and batch
To find out more information on the recall and which models of
TRUEtrack and TRUEbalance meters are affected go to
If your meter is affected by this recall and you are concerned
about how to measure your blood glucose levels, please call your
healthcare professional or Diabetes Queensland on 1300 136 588.