Recently NZ came under the spotlight for a reason we would rather it didn’t.
Data resulting from the 2009 OECD Health Report* put NZ 3rd in the obesity stakes worldwide. Although the data was not updated 100% by all member countries, it still isn’t what we want to hear.
The chart reflects the percentage of the total population that are classified so. Re the data above I have taken the last officially supplied by each relevant country to the OECD, and for some countries that goes back some years.
However the Nelson Mail reports this evening that a recent Nelson Marlborough District Health Board report indicates “that people are comparatively trim in the Top of the South with just 12.2% clinically obese.”
The paper quotes Helen Steenbergen , Nutrition & Physical Activity (NPA) Program manager, who told the local paper she believed much of the difference (local in comparison to NZ national) could be attributed to Nelson’s lifestyle.
“The people that live here make the most of the environment and a lot of people are able to access good quality fruit and vegetables” she said.
Further she said ….”We have incredibly good health statistics. We believe Nelson-Marlborough can be the first district in New Zealand, and one of the first in the world, to turn around the obesity epidemic.”
ARTICLE SOURCE – Nelson Mail Thursday July 16th 2009
- – OECD Health Data 2009, released on 1st July 2009, offers the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries.