Weighty warning for diabetes this Christmas

WATCH WEIGHT: Health experts are urging Queenslanders to think about what they’re eating over the festive season.
WATCH WEIGHT: Health experts are urging Queenslanders to think about what they’re eating over the festive season.

DIABETES Queensland predicts almost 1000 Queenslanders will develop type 2 diabetes this Christmas unless they start cutting back, and cutting out, some foods.

Many of us will put on about 1.5kg that we will find difficult to shake.

CEO Michelle Trute said overindulging at Christmas could lead to people becoming overweight or obese, placing them at a higher risk of developing life-threatening chronic diseases.

She said research showed most people would not shift the weight they put on over Christmas.

"That equates to about 15 kilos over the next decade," she said.

"We really don't want type 2 diabetes sitting under your Christmas tree so we really need to look at a lot of planning."

Heart Foundation health director Rachelle Foreman said people just did not understand the physical activity required to burn off certain foods.

She said one mince pie took a 5km walk to burn off.

NAQ Nutrition senior nutritionist Aloysa Hourigan said it was about filling plates with vegies, halving meat consumption and cutting down on alcohol and sugary drinks.

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