McDonalds recently celebrated their 40th Anniversary in Australia – that’s right, way back in 1971, the first McDonalds opened their doors in Yagoona, Sydney. Paul Hogan was a guest at the opening celebration and cheeseburgers were on the menu for 15c. Who would have thought 40 years ago that the opening of one well-marketed fast food outlet could have had such an impact on the way we eat AND look? In 40 years, Australia has encountered an obesity tsunami…and that wave keeps getting bigger!
You just have to look at the obesity statistics in Australia over the past 40 years to see the evidence. A group of researchers looked at the obesity rates in Australia since 1901 to the present time, and found that back in 1901 only 4% of children were obese. This percentage remained steady until the 1970’s when obesity rates began to climb rapidly – and now childhood obesity rates are around 30%. In fact, overweight and obesity rates in Australia have doubled in the past two decades!
It is an interesting comparison: In 40 years’ the network of McDonalds’ restaurants has grown rapidly…and so too has Australian waistlines over the same timeframe!
Can we blame McDonalds for our obesity epidemic? Well, I guess we can’t wholly and solely but McDonalds’ did offer a new ‘convenient’ way to get a meal ‘on the run’ and this opened the door for other fast food outlets to follow in their footsteps (such as Hungry Jacks’, KFC, Red Rooster etc). Unfortunately, today, too many people are making fast food part of their daily diet and with the mainly high fat choices on offer, it’s no wonder Australia is fighting a losing battle against the bulge.
There are five women though who have fought the battle of the bulge and won! These lovely ladies are our Slimmer of the Year finalists and their combined weight loss is just over 192kg. If you haven’t met them yet, check them out here: http://www.slimmeroftheyear.com – voting for your favourite one will give you a chance to win $500 lucky voters’ prize, so take the time to meet our incredible slimmers…be prepared to be amazed by their fantastic body transformations.
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