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

 


Greens commit to all obesity recommendations

9 June 2014

Greens commit to all obesity recommendations

The Green Party congratulates the New Zealand Medical Association for its ground-breaking report on battling obesity, and commits to implementing all its recommendations when in Government.

The Green Party strongly applauds the leadership of the New Zealand medical profession in the battle against obesity-related disease, marked by the release of the NZ Medical Association's landmark report on the subject today.

“The Medical Association’s recommendations must be implemented if New Zealand is going to treat obesity with the seriousness it deserves,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said today.

“The Medical Association’s report shows that National’s individual choice approach is not based on science and is simply not working.

“Two thirds of New Zealanders are now obese or overweight and this is a life and death issue that is overwhelming our hospitals. The Government must accept that doctors are the experts and take their advice on tackling obesity.

“The report's recommendations are highly congruent with Green Party policy and we will implement them urgently if we’re elected to Government later this year.

“Controls on price, availability and marketing have worked to reduce smoking so why wouldn’t we use everything we’ve got?

“The report also makes clear that factors outside the health sector, such as urban design and transport, also have a crucial role to play, and the Green Party advocates for healthy cities for healthy lives.

“The Medical Association’s report should be a wake-up call for the Government that its head in the sand approach to obesity is not working and it is time for real action on the obesity epidemic,” Mr Hague said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Diver's Alarums: Breach Means Training Provider Must Repay $1.47 Million

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) following an investigation which showed that some student enrolments between 2009 -2014 could not be validated and that courses were under-delivered against their agreement with the TEC. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Government Plans Suggest Bulk Funding Return

Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Auckland Looks Long Term To Pay-Per-Km Road Pricing

Aucklanders can expect to be paying variable rates per kilometre to travel on the city's most congested roads under an emerging transport strategy being formulated by the government and the Auckland Council. More>>

ALSO:

Despite Promises: Government Extends Iraq Deployment

Cabinet has agreed to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Security Forces until November 2018. More>>

ALSO:

On The 'Terrorism' Card:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news