Australia and New Zealand still getting bigger

Obesity is truly a pandemic in 2014.

When grouped together, Australians and New Zealanders are becoming obese at a faster rate than any other region.

“We should be incredibly worried.  We are getting worse.  It causes wear and tear on the knees, hips and spine from having to carry the weight around.  We seem to have nailed tobacco and reversed the trend, but we are not doing very well at managing this”
Professor Hankey of the University of Western Australia May 2014.

“Overweight and obesity is now one of the leading causes of preventable death and disease in our community.  Carrying the extra kilos greatly increases the risk of death from heart disease”
Dr Robert Grenfell, Australian Heart Foundation, May 2014.

“The environment is geared towards over-consumption because of the way food is marketed and because of a lack of regulation.  The junk food and processed food industry is enormously powerful.  The politicians are absolutely frightened.  It’s marketed all over sport and social media.  The exposure of children to junk food and junk drink advertising needs to be reduced”
Professor Rob Moodie of the Melbourne School of Population May 2014.

“In the last three decades, not one country has achieved success in reducing obesity rates, and we expect obesity to rise steadily unless urgent steps are taken”
Christopher Murray, University of Washington, May 2014. 

Posted: Thursday 5 June 2014