Burnett MP drops weight to push anti-obesity message
THE voters of Burnett are not seeing their representation in State Parliament diminishing - but their representative certainly is.
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett has dropped considerable weight in his bid to get fit and live a healthier lifestyle.
And in times of growing obesity it is a great motivator for the rest of his electorate to get on board the weight-loss bandwagon.
Mr Bennett said he came to the realisation last Christmas that his health could be in jeopardy and decided to do something about his weight.
"There was, for me, a trigger that motivated my healthier choices and my granddaughter was a great motivator," he said.
"I also spent a time researching the BMI calculations and the implications for me if I did not make changes in my lifestyle."
Mr Bennet said it would have been quite hypocritical for him to endorse anti- obesity campaigns at his previous weight.
" I do take being in the public domain seriously, and in delivering the government's messages on healthy lifestyles I did need to take the time to understand personally what I could do better.
"I utilised the 'get healthy information' BMI calculators, and nutritional information.
"If I can motivate some people to join me in making healthier choices it will be a great outcome."
Mr Bennett said everybody was different in their dietary and exercise programs and he did a bit of research and consulted with his doctor to find what best suited him.
"A mixed exercise program, but mainly walking, some gym work.
"For me, removing alcohol for several months and sticking to green leafy vegetables worked, also black tea and water still makes the main stay of the fluid intake.
"And having a good doctor helps with nutritional support and supplements if required, we all must maintain a balanced diet."