Help shape Queensland’s obesity prevention strategy

Health and Wellbeing Queensland is inviting community members from across Queensland to share their experiences, insights, thoughts and feedback to help inform the development of the new Queensland Obesity Prevention Strategy 2022 – 2032.

We are leading the development of the strategy, and the first of a series of action plans for 2022-2042, as part of the Queensland Government’s response to the National Obesity Strategy.

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What is the National Obesity Strategy?

The National Obesity Strategy is the framework for action that will help prevent, reduce and treat obesity in Australia. It looks at ways that governments, businesses and communities can work together so that all Australians:

  • live, learn, work play and age in supportive, sustainable and healthy environments
  • are empowered and skilled to stay as healthy as they can be
  • have access to early intervention and supportive health care.

Why is obesity prevention important for Queensland?

Two-thirds of Queensland adults and 1 in 4 children are living with overweight or obesity.

Living with excess weight can have major impacts on people’s lives, health and wellbeing, including mental health, jobs, family and friendships. It can also cause preventable diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and at least thirteen forms of cancer.

The impact of obesity is estimated to cost Queensland’s health system $756 million per year.

How will my views help?

We want to build on what Queensland is already doing to enable healthy weight and create new and bold actions to change the factors that promote unhealthy weight, and support those living with overweight and obesity.

We want to know what steps you think should be prioritised to prevent obesity in our communities, such as:

  • encouraging healthier eating habits, including eating more fruit and vegetables
  • encouraging people to be more physically active
  • supporting healthy weight among children and teens
  • reducing weight-related stigma and discrimination
  • providing health care that supports people to live at a healthy weight.

Who can take part?

Queenslanders aged 14 years and over from all different backgrounds and lived experiences are invited to complete the survey to ensure priorities and actions for the Queensland Strategy and Action Plan are informed by members of the community and reflect our diverse population. This includes people living with obesity, First Nations Queenslanders, young people and Queenslanders living in cities, regional and rural areas.

Get involved

To get involved, simply complete the short consultation survey.

The survey is anonymous and takes about 15 minutes to complete. No personal information will be collected.

The survey closes 11.59pm, Wednesday 6 July 2022.

For further information, please contact Judy Nean, Senior Director, Health Promotion, Health and Wellbeing Queensland at judy.nean@hw.qld.gov.au.

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Last updated 21 June 2022