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NZ: Fighting fat

An Auckland secondary school has introduced healthy eating programmes for its mainly Pacifika students. These are needed because many students have family members with obesity-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes.

But this good news story has a fragile future – and so does New Zealand’s whole struggle with obesity, reports the Herald.

The school’s programmes were funded by a one-off grant from the Nutrition Fund.   And the National government has reversed healthy school food guidelines and intends to scrap clauses in the Public Health Bill to address non-communicable diseases such as obesity.

Several obesity-prevention measures, such as Fruit in Schools were initiated by the previous government.  But, as the Herald says, “the biggest changes would take place if we could deal with deal with what the experts call our ‘obesogenic’ environment – the sweet, tasty foods that we see on every TV screen and in the supermarkets, and the cities designed for cars rather than walking, cycling and sport.”

Read more: NZ Herald, 7 Feb 2009

Published on February 3, 2009 in New Zealand news