Men likely to be overweight if they live in a regional area

LOOK around you - chances are you're going to spot a man over 40 who is overweight.

Men who live and work in regional areas are more likely to be overweight or obese and more prone to cardiovascular disease than those in major cities, a recent study has found.

This is no surprise to nutritionist and naturopath Jody Walker, of Mackay's Healthpoint Chemist.

Ms Walker said in many cases the size of a man's waistline often related to his job, such as mining and a greater availability of high calorie food.

"(It's) a lack of movement and exercise in their jobs as well," she said. "Not to mention, in Mackay with the mines, shift work causes lots of hormonal disturbances."

The study found men in regional areas also led unhealthier lifestyles and were more likely to drink and smoke and not meet recommended physical activity guidelines, putting extra pressure on the healthcare system.

Ms Walker said women were more likely than men to come and see her regarding their weight concerns.

"Guys are normally dragged along by a wife or partner or are scared into doing something," she said.

Study author Jason Wong said regional men "can be hard to reach".

"Part of the issue with this age group of men could be that they stopped playing sport or have different priorities," Mr Wong said.

"Following this study, we examined challenges and perceptions of physical activity opportunities for these men.

"Many of them used to be very active when they were younger but are less active now.

"Some of the reasons are injuries, family commitments and irregular work hours."

Mr Wong would like to see more attention and funding for men in this age group.

"It would be ideal if we could work in partnership with employers to introduce health promotion or physical activity initiatives during, before or after work time to improve the health of these men," he said.

The study

  •  Men in regional areas are 20% more likely not to meet their daily physical activity guidelines
  •  Men over 40 are more likely to be less active
  •  These men are also more likely to have no post-high school education

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Topics:  fitness mackay men obesity overweight physical activity

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