The good – free milk for all primary school children
The not so good
The National Health survey 2011-12 statistics – obesity increased in children and adults and diabetes up too.
And how did Energize stack up –
In 2011 over 5000 Waikato children (one third Maori) were measured, 6% of the 7 year old children and 8% of the 10 year old were obese. This is less than the 10.6% statistic for 5-9 year olds reported by the Ministry of Health.
For Maori in 2011 10% of the 7 year old children and 13% of the 10 year old were obese. This is less than the 16.6% statistic for 2-14 year olds reported by the Ministry of Health.
We cannot definitely say that Project Energize is the reason for this favourable difference and wait for the Ministry to supply regional data in March, 2013.
In adults aged 15 to 24y there are now 20% obese (14% in 2006) – and these people will be the parents of children in the next few years! Larger parents have larger babies, larger babies grow into larger adults and the cycle continues.
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