Rockhampton diners spending 28% of food budget on fast food
ROCKHAMPTON'S Jay Hill isn't surprised the average household is spending about 28% of its weekly grocery budget on fast food.
In fact, he thought the figure might have been higher in Rockhampton.
Alarming new figures show the average Australian household is forking out almost a third of its food budget on fast food and eating out.
And in Queensland, more than one-third of adults and almost half of children aged 5-17 years have take-out on a weekly basis. Rockhampton has long been regarded a fast-food hotspot with one of the State's highest rates of type 2 diabetes.
"There are a lot of unhealthy people here (in Rockhampton)," Jay said.
"I don't really eat fast food." Cancer Council Queensland is encouraging families to make small adjustments to improve their health by limiting salt, sugar and saturated fat.
Fresh fruit and vegetables, low-fat foods and healthy fats like avocado, nuts and oily fish are recommended in the weekly grocery shop.
More information and nutritional guidelines are available at www.cancerqld.org.au or by phoning the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.