News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Diabetes New Zealand Funds Research On Legislation

Diabetes New Zealand Funds Research On Legislation

Research conducted for FOE - Fight the Obesity Epidemic - and Diabetes New Zealand released today has identified that there is an extensive body of ‘anti obesity’ legislation either already in place or proposed in many countries.

“We are sure of one thing,” says Russell Finnerty, President of Diabetes New Zealand, “while we wait for the Minister to release the results of submissions on the revision of the public health legislation, the obesity and diabetes epidemics are continuing. Unfettered promotion and consumption of junk foods is impacting on our children and our population generally and we have to do something about it,” he says.

Three key legislative measures, prohibition of the sale of certain foods and drinks in schools, restrictions on TV advertising, and selective taxation, have been identified in overseas jurisdictions.

The United States has strong federal regulation of foods sold in cafeterias during lunch times. California has state legislation that limits the sale of unhealthy foods in schools.

Restrictions on targeting the advertising of unhealthy foods to children on television is found in Sweden, Norway, Belgium and Denmark, and the Canadian province of Quebec, which prohibits advertising during children’s programmes. The United Kingdom and Ireland have both considered Private Member’s bills to prohibit the television advertising of unhealthy food and drink during children’s programmes.

Taxation at state level in the United States shows the revenue gathering potential of small taxes on soft drink and snack foods for spending on public health. Surveys in the United States found that 45% of adults would support such a tax if revenue were spent on health education, even before the current media furore over the ‘obesity epidemic’.

“We are encouraged by the number of new initiatives we are hearing about that restrict access to junk foods in schools, and would like this further supported by government,” Additionally selective taxes on foods known to contribute to poor health would assist in funding the health budget, while positive incentives to encourage healthier foods would have long term benefits”, says Russell Finnerty.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Ten x Ten - One Hundred of Te Papa's Best-Loved Art Works

An idiosyncratic selection by ten art curators, each of whom have chosen ten of their favourite works. Handsomely illustrated, their choices are accompanied by full-page colour prints and brief descriptions of the work, explaining in straightforward and approachable language why it is of historical, cultural, or personal significance. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Portacom City - Reporting On Canterbury Earthquakes

In Portacom City Paul Gorman describes his own deeply personal story of working as a journalist during the quakes, while also speaking more broadly about the challenges that confront reporters at times of crisis. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Christopher Pugsley’s The Camera in the Crowd - Filming in New Zealand Peace and War 1895-1920

Pugsley brings to life 25 exhilarating years of film making and picture screening in a sumptuously illustrated hardback published by Oratia that tells the story through surviving footage unearthed from the national film archives. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland