OVERWEIGHT and obese Queensland adults need to lose about 15kg each to be in the healthy range, new data shows.
That would equal to a total loss of 35.5 million kilograms.
The Chief Health Officer's latest report revealed the average Queenslander gained one kilogram every three to four years over the past decade - one in four gained weight in the previous year alone.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the new year was a great opportunity for Queenslanders to think differently about health and weight loss.
"Encouragingly, the data shows two-thirds of Queensland adults have taken action to either lose weight or to prevent weight gain in the past 12 months," she said.
"About 45% of Queenslanders work to lose weight by reducing portion sizes, and 40 per cent increase physical activity.
"Small bursts of incidental activity can make a big difference to overall health - gardening, walking to work and playing outdoors with the kids, for example."
The research also found attitude played a strong role in getting healthy.
Adults who believed in a benefit from weight loss were more likely to actively manage their weight.
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