Weight of the World:Obesity Declared a Global Epidemic

Weight of the World:Obesity Declared a Global EpidemicWritten by Louise Thomas

Trends in New Zealanders Putting on fat – reasons, both biological and environmental.

Dangers and strategies for reducing waistlines.

Fat, no longer a feminist issue, has become a global epidemic. Never in the history of the human race have so many people been so fat.

Unfortunately, New Zealanders are amongst the fattest in the world, with more than half the adult population either overweight or obese. The problem appears simple – we are becoming less active and taking on more calories than we need.

However, the reasons for this are complex and the solutions not easy. Contrary to popular belief, obesity is not about being rich and well-fed. In adults, it is often related to poverty, low economic status and exclusion from the health system.