QUEENSLANDERS are being urged to pay attention to what they drink this Christmas to avoid pouring on the kilojoules.
Diabetes Queensland chief executive Michelle Trute said the festive season might only last for a couple of weeks, but the average person put on between 0.8 and 1.5 kilos over Christmas each year, and many people never shed this excess weight.
"It mightn't seem like much each year but over the course of a decade it adds up to between eight and 15 kilos, which can really start to impact on your health," she said.
"The kilos can creep on because people don't realise what they drink can have just as much an impact on their waistline, as what they eat.
"Whether it's roast pork or prawns, the average Christmas lunch or office party can be a kilojoule-rich feast, however people can reduce their kilojoule intake by cutting down on alcoholic and soft drinks.
"This Christmas try swapping your way to a healthier new year by swapping regular beer for light beer, large glasses of wine for smaller, and soft drinks for water jazzed up with mint or lemon."
For more information about healthy eating for the holiday season or to do a two-minute type 2 diabetes risk check, visit the Diabetes Queensland website diabetesqld.org.au.