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Do You Live In Brisbane’s Healthiest Suburb?

Good news if you live in Brisbane’s inner-suburbs – because according to the latest data, you’re more likely to be healthier.

The Health Tracker findings reveal that the city’s wealthier suburbs are also it’s healthiest with lower levels of obesity and smoking. They are also likelier to lead more active lives.

Topping the list were St Lucia (for obesity levels), Brisbane City and Kangaroo Point (most active), along with Chapel Hill, Fig Tree Pocket and Kenmore (non-smokers).

Other suburbs making the list of healthiest included New Farm, Ascot, Clayfield, Hamilton, Brookfield, Moggill West, Auchenflower, Toowong, Indooroopilly, Taringa, Highgate Hills, South Brisbane, West End, Fortitude Valley and Spring Hill.

However, despite being more active, less overweight and avoiding the cigarettes, many of these suburbs were more likely to indulge in a glass of wine or two.

On the other end of the scale were Brisbane’s outer-suburbs, including the Lockyer Valley East (most sedentary lifestyle), Inala, Richlands and Wacol (highest level of smoking), along with New Chum and Redbank Plains (most overweight).

“Communities that are newer outer suburbs commonly don’t have good public transport so they are much less likely to walk from home to public transport and much more likely to go in a car,” AHPC director Professor Rosemary Calder said of the stats to the Courier Mail.

She explained that the inner-city “leafy” suburbs were better resourced in terms of both facilities and wealth.

“In communities where there is lower less individual wealth, there’s much more likely to be fast food outlets than gyms,” she said.

“We know that there are children that cannot afford to ride to school because families can’t afford a bicycle and club sport is expensive with uniforms and members.”

See the full list of suburbs here.

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