NZ: Obesity report asks for more focus on activity

At a function held on Tuesday 11 March, the report "The Health Select Committee Inquiry into Obesity and Type Two Diabetes in New Zealand: A back seat for physical activity" was launched. Authored by John White, the report was sponsored by the Obesity Action Coalition and Living Streets Aotearoa.

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The report discusses what submitters told the Health Select Committee about physical activity and obesity prevention during the Inquiry into Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. Key themes were making physical activity easier as part of everyday life, and the need for changes to the built environment to facilitate this. Both the Select Committee’s report and the subsequent Government response place little emphasis on the role of physical activity.

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