Gladstone is the fast food capital of Qld
GLADSTONE'S obesity rate is 11% higher than the national average - and it's getting worse.
One of the state's top doctors, a leading author and a Gladstone dietitian have urged residents to weigh up the problems that are growing their waist lines.
AMA Queensland president Dr Shaun Ruddsaid the region's body mass index was climbing to fast.
"In central Queensland, 69% of the population or 107,000 people are overweight or obese," he said.
Weight loss author and motivational speaker Sally Symonds said Gladstone was the fast food capital of Queensland.
And dietitian Nicola Moore, from Wesley LifeShape Clinic, said Gladstonites needed to slow down and take charge of their helath.
"People in rural and remote towns are less likely to exercise and they don't have the luxury of a gym and nutritionist on every corner but that doesn't mean they can't battle the bulge," Dr Rudd said
Ms Symonds gave weight to the fact that so many people working in mine related jobs who work long shifts and because of Gladstone's culture of high alcohol consumption
She knows about the problem first hand, having undergone a dramatic loss of weight, plunging from 106kg to 53kg.
She said Gladstone's transient population comprised of fly in fly out and shift workers was not able to establish good routines.
Ms Symonds' online weight loss clinic has clients in Gladstone.
She advised obese residents to be consistent in their efforts to lose weight.
"The easiest way to do that is to start small if you give 100% effort you might last two days if you give 25% and last three months you'll be better off," she said.
"Thinking a 12-week challenge will change the habits of a lifetime is like trying to smell the colour nine."
Ms Moorse said Gladstone had higher prevalence of obesity and overweight residents compared to other places.
Ms Moore said the interruption of sleep patterns unbalanced hormones which regulate appetite.
"In today's society we are so busy," she said.
"Food has been swept along and people aren't respecting food."
"We need to pull eating back a bit and make time and structure around the process."
She advised busy shift workers to use 24/7 gyms, use exercise equipment at home, download weight loss apps, and eat healthy food like steak with salads.
"The more information you have the better your position to make choices about your behaviour," she said.
"Weighing yourself is crucial.
"It's like going to the ATM and seeing no money in your account, if you see something wrong it triggers a response.