HERVEY Bay doctor Shaun Rudd compares the Wide Bay's obesity crisis to a "slow moving flood" and wants it declared a state of emergency.
Australian Medical Association Queensland president Dr Rudd released the organisation's election wish-list yesterday, warning eight out of 10 Queenslanders would be too fat for their own good within just five years.
"In the Wide Bay region, 64% of the population, or 101,000 people, are already overweight or obese," Dr Rudd said.
"This is disastrous for the health system - like a slow moving flood or smouldering bushfire."
"It's crunch time for the next Queensland Government. We have to stem the obesity tide now, before it swamps our hospitals."
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Dr Rudd said all politicians had a vested interest in putting health first.
"Recent polls show more than 80% of voters regard health as the major election issue," he said.
"Being too fat, drunk and violent puts an enormous burden on our communities and our health care system but it doesn't have to be that way."
AMA Queensland's election platform focuses on four main areas: obesity, alcohol abuse, end-of-life care, and hospital technology.