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Dads stacking on the weight

Dads can swap fatty cuts of meat for lean steaks this Father's Day to help to improve their health.
Dads can swap fatty cuts of meat for lean steaks this Father's Day to help to improve their health. Monkey Business Images

FRASER Coast dads have been asked to consider their health come Father's Day after it was revealed that about three-quarters of Australian fathers aged under 40 were overweight.

The study found that about one in four dads was overweight or obese, compared to men of the same age who are single or don't have children.

A family health study completed in June found up to 61% of parents under the age of 40 were overweight, and most parents were not aware of the personal risks.

Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said more dads needed to understand the link between a big belly and chronic health problems.

"Being overweight can contribute to health problems like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers," Ms Trute said.

"A waist circumference of more than 94cm puts Aussie men at an increased risk of developing a highly preventable chronic disease.

"It's a real concern that so many dads have tipped the scales into obesity, and many at an early age."

Ms Trute said the best way for dads to get their health back on track was get outside with their kids, to help develop healthy lifestyle choices.

"People can make a few family friendly swaps on Father's Day," she said.

"Try swapping watching a movie for riding a bike with the kids, or swap a nap for a game of cricket."

Fraser Coast dads could also make a few changes when it came to the barbecue as well, Ms Trute said.

"You can swap fatty cuts of meat for lean cuts of steak, chicken or fish," she said.

"You can even swap your full strength beer for light beer."

For more information visit www.swapit.gov.au.

Topics:  diabetes queensland, father's day, health, michelle trute, weight




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