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

 

Stats On Maori Eating Should Make Positive Change

Statistics On Maori Eating Habits Should Effect Positive Change

NEW statistics showing the majority of Maori adults are either overweight or obese should signal a call to action for the community and health authorities, says Ministry of Health Chief Maori Advisor Dr Tony Ruakere.

NZ Food:NZ People. Key Results of the 1997 National Nutrition Survey found that nearly six out of every ten Maori adults were either overweight or obese, and that Maori obesity was about two times higher than the Pakeha rate.

"Many positive results are also found in the survey for Maori, such as a decrease in the energy contributed by fat of greater than ten percent since 1989."

"There has been anecdotal accounts for some time that obesity rates were high among Maori people but this is the first nationwide evidence of it," Dr Ruakere said.

"The statistics make grim reading. Particularly in light of the fact that being overweight puts a person at far greater risk of serious health problems like heart disease and diabetes.

"It will take a long time to reverse bad eating habits and physical inactivity which is why we need to start now. We believe we can make positive change.

"It is a good start to know the extent of the problem as it enables us to respond to the issue. The Ministry will now analyse the report, including the many complex linkages between obesity and other related factors such as physical activity and nutrition before considering what policy initiatives could help.

"The report's findings show that specific health and nutrition programmes are needed for Maori people.

"The Te Hotu Manawa Maori programme, a number of Maori nutrition services and the many programmes run by other Maori health providers are positive but more needs to be done," Dr Ruakere said.

A fact sheet detailing the survey results specific to Maori has been prepared, as the report is quite long and information on Maori eating patterns is spread throughout it. About 3000 fact sheets will be distributed to Maori health providers and researchers.

ENDS


© 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>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland