There was a great article by Andrew Stone in The New Zealand Herald over the weekend.
"It's time we gave kids a little bit of protection of their health rather than looking after the junk food industry's wealth”
University of Auckland obesity expert Dr Boyd Swinburn.
“The reality is, New Zealand is in the grip of an obesity epidemic that has gathered momentum in the past 30 years. A study in Lancet last week revealed that the proportion of obese adult males in New Zealand increased more than in any of the 188 countries surveyed, from 13 per cent to 28 per cent. Between 1980 and 2013, the proportion of overweight and obese adults jumped from 50 per cent to 66 per cent. Nearly one in three New Zealand children is obese or overweight. Three decades ago it was one in five.”
"Being overweight is a risk factor for stroke, heart disease, cancer and dementia, four leading causes of death and disability in New Zealand. Overweight and obese people are more likely to have higher blood pressure, higher cholesterol and higher blood glucose - all the things that in turn cause higher coronary heart disease and stroke rates. Moreover, as the Lancet study showed, New Zealand has the highest rates of adult and child obesity in the region - a ticking time bomb for the health system and a serious economic burden.”
“Health economists can turn these trends into dollars. In terms of healthcare costs and lost productivity, the burden of an obese and overweight nation is between $722 million and $849 million a year, according to an NZIER report. The cost of diabetes on the health budget is forecast to be an extra $1 billion every year until 2020.”
Full story here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/health-wellbeing/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501238&objectid=11269146