ASSIGNMENT:

How can we fight fat in NZ?

Last updated 10:15 25/08/2014
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BIG ISSUE: How can we fight obesity and other weight-related healthy issues in NZ?

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The battle of the buldge in New Zealand is getting tough as adult obesity nears a third of our population.

What do you think needs to be done to help Kiwis fight fat? 

Health advocates say drastic intervention is needed to stave off a diabetes crisis in New Zealand.

Dr Gabrielle Jenkin, an Otago University of Wellington health academic, says Government policymakers are reluctant to legislate against "Big Food" - industry powers such as Fonterra, Coca-Cola, Heinz Wattie's, fast food chains and Foodstuffs and Progressive supermarkets.

Meanwhile new research shows a tax on sugary drinks could save lives and reduce New Zealand's obesity burden. The research, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, shows a 20 per cent tax on sugary soft drinks would prevent 67 deaths from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and diet-related cancers per year.

Would you like to see taxes on fizzy drinks and companies who sell or produce fatty foods?

Or does the issue come down to education and healthy eating at homes and schools?

Do you have some ideas on how to curb our eating habits?

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