Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


What about obesity prevention?

26 January 2010
Media Statement

What about obesity prevention?

Labour is calling on the Government to support obesity prevention programmes as well as surgical options, Labour Health spokesperson Ruth Dyson says.

“Obesity surgery can be positive for many patients and Labour supports calls for additional Government funding. However, it’s ironic that so many Government MPs should be calling for increases in funding for obesity surgery when they signed off on cuts to funding for obesity prevention programmes just last year,” Ruth Dyson said.

“New Zealand is facing an obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemic, but the National – Maori Party Government has slashed funding for diabetes and health promotion activities.

“Minister of Health Tony Ryall cut more than $4 million from the Let’s Get Checked diabetes programme each year. Diabetes rates are growing and a cut in funding for this programme is simply out of step with what is happening in New Zealand.

“DHBs like Counties Manukau - with the highest concentration of people at risk of Diabetes have been forced to stop funding for Let’s Beat Diabetes regional coordinators.

“In areas like Counties Manukau 29,000 people are currently diagnosed with diabetes and without any intervention it is estimated that this number could double by 2017.

"The Government apparently thinks people will simply be able to change their diet and exercise without any assistance or form of nutrition education.

“The Government has a very specific role in helping to fund and co-ordinate initiatives to combat obesity. Sadly obesity prevention programmes and funding appear to be at the top of the list for health services that have been cut.

“It is great that so many Government MPs are getting healthy, but perhaps they should also start thinking about the role Government can play in helping to prevent obesity.

“If those Government MPs who have called for increases in funding for gastric bypass and banding surgeries are serious about helping to combat New Zealand’s obesity and type 2 problems then they will stop supporting cuts in obesity funding,” Ruth Dyson said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On Reforming Parliament’s Toxic Culture

It would be nice to think Parliament was a forum where rationality ruled – and where policies are raised and evaluated in terms of their contribution to the greater good. Obviously, it isn’t like that... More>>

Historic Assualt Allegation: Parliamentary Service Staff Member Stood Down
Rt Hon Trevor Mallard said today: “I do not want to cut across any employment or possible police investigations, but I am satisfied that the Parliamentary Service has removed a threat to the safety of women working in the Parliamentary complex." More>>


Fatal 2018 Crash: Police Officer Should Not Have Engaged In Pursuit

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer should not have tried to stop or pursue a car thought to contain young people in Palmerston North on 28 May 2018. More>>


New Poverty Targets: Goals Overlook 174000 Children In Worst Poverty

Child Poverty Action Group is pleased to see the Government set ambitious 10-year targets for child poverty reduction, but we are disappointed not to see a target set for improving thousands of young lives where the worst of poverty is found. More>>


Study: Guidelines Needed To Avoid Risks In Government AI

New Zealand is a world leader in government algorithm use – but measures are needed to guard against their dangers. This is the conclusion of a New Zealand Law Foundation-funded report from the University of Otago’s Artificial Intelligence and Law in New Zealand Project. More>>


Pike River: Families Welcome Opening Of Drift

The group representing 29 of the Pike River Families - the Pike River Family Reference Group - has welcomed the unsealing of the mine at a private family event this morning... More>>


Auckland Harbour Bridge: New Design For Walking And Cycling Crossing

The NZ Transport Agency has released plans for its preferred option for a shared path over the Auckland Harbour Bridge which will transform walking and cycling not only across the harbour, but throughout the city. The Transport Agency says its preferred ... More>>



Shaw First Reading Speech: Climate Change Response Bill

Madam Speaker, today we begin the task of amending the Climate Change Response Act [2002], to fulfil the commitment that we have made, as a country, to limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. More>>


Housing: More Unsold Kiwibuild Houses Bought By Govt

The Crown underwrite for unsold Kiwibuild homes has been triggered for a second time. Now lack of sales in Mike Greer's development in Canterbury and Auckland means the government has had to buy back seven more homes. More>>





InfoPages News Channels