Full Report is available from http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/focus-on-nutrition-survey-2008-09
The Key messages - the ones most relevant to ANZOS are bad news (see main article).
From 1997 to 2008/09 there was an increase in the prevalence of obesity in both males and females, but no change in the prevalence of overweight. Changes in the age and ethnic composition of the population had little impact on trends in obesity. After adjustment for age and ethnic group, the prevalence of obesity in 2008/09 compared to 1997 was 1.5 times higher for males and 1.3 times higher for females.
Citation: University of Otago and Ministry of Health. 2011.
A Focus on Nutrition: Key findings of the 2008/09 New Zealand Adult Nutrition Survey. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
The evidence is clear, in 2008/9 New Zealanders were not well nourished, many did not have enough money to buy nutritionally adequate and safe foods and they were not healthy. The economic recession and the ever-increasing cost of food mean that the state of the nation is unlikely to be improving. More importantly our present children and those still to be conceived are not likely to have an optimal start to life when their parents are not in optimal health and this will perpetuate the cycle. A whole of New Zealand response is required because it is not a personal choice or responsibility- particularly for children. An overarching strategy is required including government regulation, food industry, food supply, physical activity opportunities not the current pick and mix.
One district health board picked up the challenge in 2004 and is making a real difference in primary schools, Project Energize - amazing outcomes given the current environment.
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