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Queensland Has Just Earned An Unexpected Title

Queensland has earned the title of Australia’s most obese state.

Despite being considered the sunshine state, it has been revealed 30.4 percent of adults in Queensland are obese, while 64.9 percent are classed as obese or overweight.

Coming in next is South Australia (29.5%), Western Australian (28.2%), Northern Territory (27.6%), Tasmania (27.1%), New South Wales (26.4%), Victoria (25.8%) and the ACT (25.7%).

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The national average of 27.9 percent ranks Australia as one of the worst amongst high-income countries.

According to Australia's Health Tracker, Australia has the 5th highest rates of obesity amongst comparable countries.

Between 2014-15, it was estimated 63.4% of Australian adults were overweight or obese according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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Nearly one in three adults (29.7 per cent) were recorded as insufficiently active, while a further 14.8 percent admitted to getting no exercise at all in a National Health Survey for the same year.

Leading health and social policy expert Rosemary Calder, director at the Australian Health Policy Collaboration, said the data on Australia’s Health Tracker by Area is hoped to improve the stats.

"One in every two Australians has a chronic disease, however roughly one third of these diseases are preventable," she said.

"Australia's Health Tracker by Area is a call to action and a resource to help protect the most important asset in the country, our health," she said.

Data from the tracker also revealed that Australia’s wealthiest postcodes are the healthiest postcodes.

Global public health expert, Professor Maximillian de Courten from VU, said the data will help look at what can be done in specific areas to tackle the problems.

"There is a social gradient when it comes to Australia's biggest killers like cancers, heart diseases and stroke and their risk factors like smoking and obesity" he said.

He hoped by localising such "abstract" data, communities and neighbourhoods would be able to turn it into action to better their health by looking at access to cycle paths or questioning the number of fast food outlets in a suburb.

Staff writers with AAP; Top Photo: AAP

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