The National Heart Foundation released some amazing data this week about the regions in Australia that had the highest proportion of overweight people. The Darling Downs, located about 1.5 hours west of Brisbane, has the dubious honour of having the most obese population in Australia – an amazing 44% of the people who live in this rural area are obese and three-quarters of the people living here do not do enough exercise to be healthy (read more here: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/australias-fattest-and-fittest-areas-revealed-20150504-1myxdf.html )
While the Darling Downs has the worst health report card, it seems there are other county regions that are not far behind: in NSW, the Riverina region (which includes Wagga & Griffith) have 33% of the population being obese and in VIC, Shepparton is the most obese region in the state with 36% being in this category. By contrast, upper socio-economic areas in the suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne have the ‘leanest’ residents, with obesity rates being between 13-14%.
If the Federal Government is serious about reducing the ever-increasing cost of health care, then it seems obvious to me that preventative care needs to happen. These country areas identified as obesity ‘hot spots’ should have money thrown at them to help reverse the trend. It would be much cheaper to fund more community based exercise programs or healthy cooking classes, compared to paying for the hospital care of an obese cardiac patients whose life-time of ill-health will cost tax-payers much more in the long-term.
The best way to not be a victim of bad health and heart disease is to keep your weight within your healthy weight range for your height and exercise moderately on most days – the message is simple, yet so many people struggle to keep their weight under control. This is where The Natural Way can help!
We have been helping our clients lose weight for 35 years and work with you to achieve your weight loss goal – we support you every step of the way with weekly, private consultations. During these times, your weight loss consultant is there to guide, support, advise and motivate you. More importantly, we teach you HOW to maintain your weight once you get to your goal. Our fantastic maintenance program means you can come back once a month – for free – and have your consultant keep your weight and eating habits closely monitored so there is no chance of the weight ever coming back.
So if you feel as if your weight is negatively impacting on the life you want to lead then it’s time to take back control. Call The Natural Way today on 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663) OR visit our website www.thenaturalway.com.au.