Clive Palmer.
Clive Palmer. Richard Bruinsma

Clive Palmer says his life 'too full' to lose weight

PALMER United Party leader Clive Palmer has too much on his plate to lead Australia's youth by example and trim some of his ample girth.

PUP Senator and former rugby league hard man Glenn Lazarus used his maiden speech this week to highlight that Australia had become one of the fattest nations in the developed world.

He called for integrated awareness, education and assistance campaigns to help the community to change.

"Clearly, Australia needs tax incentives, concessions and other types of incentives to influence behaviour and consumption and to encourage participation in sport and recreational activities,'' Senator Lazarus said.

But Mr Palmer was quick to rule out being part of that awareness campaign by leading by example.

"I'm 60 years old,'' he said. "Glenn's talking about children. I was very active in sport and Glenn was also active. And he's lost 40kg since last year.

"He's still active. Regardless of your weight you can be healthy. Genetics plays a role.''

Mr Palmer said Senator Lazarus's speech was in reference to the fast food phenomenon and that kids were eating more than they were playing at young ages.

"My life is a full plate,'' he said. "I'm going 22 hours a day.

"When you have the balance of power you have to look at every proposal."

Jason Crowther of Atlas Multisports at Mooloolaba said weight was about diet while health was about fitness.

"If you eat too much and don't burn it off you get fat,'' he said. "It's not rocket science."

Mr Crowther said he could help the Member for Fairfax lose weight but he would need to be willing.

He said reality shows glorified weight loss but you could not change habits in six weeks.

"We all have a choice,'' Mr Crowther said. "A person has to make a decision and then needs to follow through."

Mr Palmer said he had weightier matters on his mind than his girth.

"We've secured a lot of good decisions for the Sunshine Coast,'' he said.

"Low income support and the school kids' bonus are guaranteed to go beyond the next election.''

The team from Atlas Multisports are challenging Clive Palmer to come and train with them. (From left) Jason Crowther, Lisa Crowther with daughter Maya, Michelle Laforest and Kristin Lawrence and Bec Edwards (back) .
The team from Atlas Multisports are challenging Clive Palmer to come and train with them. (From left) Jason Crowther, Lisa Crowther with daughter Maya, Michelle Laforest and Kristin Lawrence and Bec Edwards (back) . Nicola Brander


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