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by gimp @, OZ. STH. CORAL SEA., Thursday, August 07, 2014, 08:03

Fast food giant McDonald's has been criticised for trialling a home delivery service in an area already battling with weight issues.

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) Queensland has questioned McDonald's decision to trial a seven days a week home delivery service in Hervey Bay, in the state's south-east.

McDonald's said population growth in the region was a key reason for its selection, but AMA Queensland president Dr Shaun Rudd said it was the population's growth on the scales that had them most concerned.

"The population is already extremely overweight," he said.

"It's not a really good place to have easier access to junk food."

Last week, AMA Queensland launched its Lighten Your Load campaign to highlight the obesity crisis facing regional and rural Queenslanders.

In Hervey Bay, two out of three adults are overweight or obese, and one in four children is overweight or obese.

"It's pretty sad. These large corporations have a look where they're going to get the most bang for their buck and they choose places like that," Dr Rudd said.

"I think unfortunately they'll sell more food and that means there's going to be more burgers and more fries eaten by the population there, and they are already extremely overweight.

"AMA Queensland is very disappointed."


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