The New Zealand Group Subcommittee considers the special needs of members within NZ. It works to improve the membership base in NZ and organises special events in NZ and responds on behalf of the Society on NZ issues.
Obesity Society NZ represents the New Zealand branch or operation of the Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society, or ANZOS (previously known as the Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity). Its work, function and objectives are an extension and reflection of that of the Society in Australia.
The Obesity Society of New Zealand sub-committee group has been established to:
- Consider the special needs of members within New Zealand.
- Work to improve membership base in New Zealand.
- Organise special events in New Zealand, particularly those relevant to obesity in the local as well as Australasian region.
- Respond on behalf of the Obesity Society on issues of particular relevance to New Zealand.
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.
Of particular concern is the increase in child and adult obesity – the almost 7 fold difference in obesity between the upper and the lower quintile of SES in child obesity prevalence and the fact that more than three quarters of the number (90,700) of obese children are either Pacific or Māori AND 9% of the 2 to 4 year old children are obese! Very concerning.
The Ministry of Health has published key findings from the 2011/12 New Zealand Health Survey.
The survey contains information about smoking, nutrition, access to health care and oral health, based on data collected from 12,000 adults and 4000 children.
The survey shows that over the past five years, there have been a number of improvements, for example:
· Nearly nine out of ten adults say they are in good health and almost all parents believe their children are in good health
· There has been a significant drop in youth smoking – the rate of daily smoking for 15-17 year olds has dropped from 14 per cent in 2006/07 to 6 per cent
· More children under 6 years are seeing a GP for free – this has increased substantially from 67 per cent in 2006/07 to 83 per cent
· 90 per cent of school-aged children have visited a dental health care worker for basic oral health services in the past 12 months
· More people are able to get an appointment to see their GP within 24 hours compared to 2006/07.
However, the health sector faces some challenges and could make further improvements in areas such as obesity and diabetes and ensuring everyone in New Zealand experiences the same level of good health.
In line with other developed countries, New Zealand's obesity rate continues to increase and is the same as Australia at 28%.
The information in the survey will be used by the Ministry of Health and other health providers for planning purposes to ensure they are delivering effective health services.
It will be circulated widely within the health sector.
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).
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