Forty per cent of obese children and adolescents in a New Zealand study have been found to be at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes in future.
(ed: but hey..!..help/a solution is at hand – annette king/labour want to put a small tax on fizzy-drinks – that’ll work..!..eh..?..problem solved..!
annette king/labour clearly are terrified of the lobbying power of big-food – if they weren’t they would be demanding regulating the maximum amount of sugar allowed in any food/drink..the only ‘solution’ that will make any real difference in/to our childhood/adult obesity epidemics..
..and our food-industry using their products as a delivery-vehicle for huge amounts of sugar..
labours’ small tax on fizzy drinks ‘solution’ is just setting a new benchmark in putting a tiny/weeny bandaid over a large supperating/infected wound..
..and is worse than useless – because it is just an exercise in pretendintg to do something – and meanwhile nothing meaningful will be done..
annette king/labour really are lining themselves for charges of ‘useless-bastards’..and that ain’t nowhere good enough..)
This is one of an alarming list of health risks discovered in the more than 200 Taranaki youngsters aged 4 to 16 in the study – the first in this country to assess the rate of health risks associated with obesity in young people.
‘We need to start taking childhood obesity seriously because we have got an epidemic on our hands’ said Dr Yvonne Anderson – a Taranaki paediatrician and researcher at Auckland University’s Liggins Institute.
A co-author of the study – she said it was of great concern that major health risks were present at such a young age.
Nationally – 11 per cent of children aged 2-14 are obese.
The rates are higher in Maori and Pacific children and among those who live in deprived areas.
New Zealand has the third largest percentage of overweight and obese children in the OECD after Greece and Italy.