Posted: 16 November, 2016 by @amydrewsnews/ Taylah Webb

Queensland Is No Longer The Fattest State In Australia

It's one title we're super happy to lose.

QLD Health's 'Health of Queenslanders 2016' report has revealed Queensland is no longer Australia's fattest state and obesity rates are finally plateauing.

Less of us are also dying from lifestyle-related diseases and smoking is on the decline.

"We can say with absolute conviction that the obesity rate has plateaued," said Chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young.

"Queenslanders are healthy, even by a global standard and the state goal of being the healthiest people in the world by 2026 isn’t unrealistic."

But while this is great news, she says we all need to help out the hospital system buy working with our GP to avoid unnecessary admissions.

“One in 15 hospitalisations could have been treated in the primary health sector which is why I’m urging everyone to work with their GP to ensure that they stay out of hospital if they can"

“Hospitalisations are increasing by 70,000 per year and population growth only accounts for half of that number."

For a copy of the full report, go to www.health.qld.gov.au/cho_report

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