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


More NZMen Are Worrying About Their Weight

Media Release

Date: 15th October 2008

More New Zealand Men Are Worrying About Their Weight According To Life Pharmacy Survey

Weight management programmes have always been associated with women, but according to a national survey carried out at Life Pharmacies a growing number of men are signing up to weight management programmes.

The Tony Ferguson New Zealand Weight Management Survey, which was completed by specialist Life Pharmacy advisers across the country, found that 20% of new members are now male and that concerns about health is the driving factor, with men expressing concern over high blood pressure, increased risk of heart attacks, diabetes and other medical conditions associated with being overweight.

Sarah Buckley, Life Pharmacy Category Manager for Tony Ferguson New Zealand, says that the survey results, which covered over 8,500 active clients, highlight changing male attitudes towards weight loss:

‘The growing number of male participants in weight management programmes shows us that more men are thinking about their weight and are showing an interest in healthy living,’ says Sarah. ‘They are also realising the benefits of signing up to a professionally run scheme, rather than going it alone.

‘We have noticed that men respond especially well to plans such as Life Pharmacy’s Tony Ferguson Weight Management Programme. The low-carb meal plans and unlimited consultations with in-store advisers take the guesswork out of losing weight and fits around a busy life. We have also found that men relate better to programmes that have been founded by another man. They feel that the weight and lifestyle consultants really understand them and their varying problems and requirements.’

The Tony Ferguson weight management programme is offered by Life Pharmacy stores throughout New Zealand. The international success of the programme is credited to its healthy low-carb approach, coupled with the ongoing support and education that is provided by in-store Tony Ferguson advisors. More information can be found at


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland