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NZ: New obesity report finds that NZ is in the grip of an obesity epidemic

The Ministry of Health’s newly released report ‘Tracking the Obesity Epidemic: New Zealand 1977-2003’ tracks changes in adult obesity levels and finds that obesity is now twice as common in adults as it was 25 years ago. It doubled from about 10 per cent of the adult population in 1977 to 21 per cent in 2003.

NZ Herald reports: “It grew slowly in the 1970s and 1980s then accelerated rapidly in the late 1980s to mid-1990s. It continued to grow from 1997 to 2003 in most population groups, although did appear to slow in some women and Maori.

Despite the growth of the epidemic having slowed among Maori of both sexes in the past five years, the prevalence of obesity remains higher in Maori than in the total population.”

Source: Ministry of Health website, 6 Dec 2004

Published on December 7, 2004 in New Zealand news