Wonder no more why we are becoming a nation of fat bastards

Forget a sugar tax, or a fat tax, the reason why we are becoming a nation of fat bastards is quite simply because we are lazy.

A global study on physical activity has “staggered” its New Zealand researcher with findings that show Kiwis are less active than Americans, and on par with Iraqis for regular exercise.

AUT professor of physical activity Erica Hinckson said news New Zealand ranked 88th out of 110 nations for physical activity was a surprise even to her.

“I was hoping we would be further up the list.”

The data, from the Global Observatory for Physical Activity, revealed New Zealand women came in even lower than men when it came to reaching 150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous physical activity.   
The study shows there are more deaths due to physical inactivity in New Zealand than the global average.

“It means that non-communicable diseases are rising in New Zealand, like type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease in adults and children as well.”

Hinckson said New Zealand needed to pay attention to the data and “escalate” its response through more large-scale interventions for all age groups by the government.

“And not just a focus on sports, because it’s not just sport – you don’t have to be in a structured, organised event.”

In October the government announced a package of anti-obesity measures comprising nutrition and lifestyle advice, but this was focused on pregnant mothers and children.

Sugar taxes and fat taxes won’t work, but a fat bastard tax will.


– Fairfax

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