Losing weight in the Hunter can be achieved one small change at a time

Call to action: Professor Clare Collins says people in the Hunter need to learn from the latest health data and work together to change our approach to eating and physical activity.

Call to action: Professor Clare Collins says people in the Hunter need to learn from the latest health data and work together to change our approach to eating and physical activity.

THE Hunter should use the latest health data as a call to action to change its approach to eating, University of Newcastle professor Clare Collins says.

Dr Collins is urging people in the region to make small but significant dietary changes after it was revealed the Hunter is home to the state’s heaviest suburbs.

The nutrition and dietetics professor said we needed to be more mindful of what we were eating, because you could not “outrun a bad diet.”

“People are doing what their genetics are designed to do – which is find food, eat it, live another day. But our world has changed so much that it is too easy to get excess kilojoules, and too easy not to be physically active enough,” Dr Collins said.

Small changes, such as swapping to drinking more water and doubling vegetable intake, could make a significant impact. The free online Healthy Eating Quiz was one way people could identify problems.

“We are worth the hard work it will take to improve so that healthy eating goes back to being the default choice, not just a luxury for the rich and educated,” she said.

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