Gladstone named one of state's fast food capitals

GLADSTONE has been labelled one of the state's fast food capitals after ranking fifth for the number of food restaurants compared to the population.

In a bid to find Queensland's fast food capitals, Diabetes Queensland has ranked regions according to how many outlets they have per person.

Gladstone has been revealed as having the fifth highest number out of 37 local government areas.

The analysis found there were 24 fast food outlets in the local government area, or one every 2665 people.

Diabetes Queensland chief Michelle Trute said five areas that had the highest concentration of fast food outlets in Queensland were also hubs for the resources sector.

The Central Highlands came in as number one while Rockhampton was second.

"Fast food outlets are on almost every corner in some of these communities and healthy eating options for workers seem to be scarce," Ms Trute said.

"To put it in perspective, there are more fast food chains in Blackwater than there are GP clinics.

"It is no wonder Queensland is in the grip of a serious obesity epidemic."

She said a recent health report showed for every dollar Queenslanders spent on food, almost half was spent at fast food outlets and restaurants.

Does Gladstone need more healthy eating options?

This poll ended on 09 January 2015.

Current Results

Yes. It would be nice to be able to choose healthy takeaway

45%

No. Healthy eating begins at home

12%

No. No-one is making anyone eat fast food

29%

Yes. There are too many unhealthy options

12%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Ms Trute called for action and for resource companies to take long-term financial and productivity impact of an overweight or obese workforce into account.

"When it comes to fast food that could include mandatory kilojoule labelling, a tax on sugary drinks, limits on fast food restaurants near certain locations like schools and bans on junk food advertising to children," she said.

"It is important the community takes a role in finding a solution to this serious issue."

In Gladstone, 65.6% of adults are overweight or obese.

Data collected on fast food chains included Oporto, Nandos, KFC, Eagle Boys, Hungry Jacks, Donut King, Red Rooster, Dominos, Pizza Hut, McDonald's, Guzman y Gomez, Subway, Noodle Box, Miss India and Pizza Capers.

Gladstone has climbed from 13th in 2013 to 5th in 2014 with the opening of McDonald's at the Calliope Travel Centre, McDonald's in Kirkwood and Guzman y Gomez at Stockland Gladstone.

- APN NEWSDESK



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