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NZ: FOE’s petition to Parliament closing

Last November FOE launched a petition calling for a ban on the sale of junk food in school, a ban on advertising junk food when kids are watching TV, and for a select committee inquiry into obesity.

One of these is already underway – the Parliamentary Health Select Committee is holding an Inquiry into Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes in New Zealand, and is calling for public submissions by 26 April 2006.

FOE’s petition closes on 1 May 2006.

Jackie Blue – Maiden Speech to Parliament

MP Jackie Blue said in her maiden speech to Parliament in November 2005:

Madam Speaker, the organisation Fight the Obesity Epidemic, or FOE, is one of the organisations leading the way. They have just launched a petition to be presented to Parliament later this year. I predict that public support and the will for change will be massive. The experts on that team are warning that social marketing and education alone will not change behaviour – there also needs to be a change in the regulatory framework.

Source: National Party website, 23 Nov 2005

Published on March 28, 2006 in New Zealand news