Queensland Doctors are Calling for Bans on Fast-food Outlets near Schools to Fight Obesity

In its five-year “health vision” for the state, released yesterday, the Australian Medical Association Queensland says the state’s spiraling obesity rate needs to be dealt with as a crisis like a surge or bush fire. “Instead of being known as the smart state, Queensland is now known as the fat state,” the plan says.

“We are facing an obesity epidemic and urgent action on par with a state emergency is needed to tackle the problem.”

To manage the issue, the plan suggests banning any new fast-food outlets inside 1km of schools. It also promotes subsidized fruit and vegetables in at-danger groups, especially in remote territories.

The AMAQ accepts that, despite the fact that lap-band (bariatric) surgery ought to be utilized just as a part of critical cases, Queensland ought to take after the ACT and New Zealand in openly financing the treatment. This was in view of figures demonstrating that if a large individual with sort 2 diabetes had the surgery, it would pay for itself in a year in light of lessened social insurance costs.’

AMAQ president Shaun Rudd said extremely fat ¬people made remarkable, long-term costs for the health care system.

According to Dr. Rudd, “The fatter they are, the greater the risk of diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, some cancers and joint damage,”

“There’s also the higher cost of buying specialized super-sized equipment for hospital patients, such as stronger beds, bigger wheelchairs, ambulances and hoists.”


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