Radio New Zealand avoids the obvious: Fat Bastards and diabetes go together

People living in the lower socio-economic South Auckland area are twice as likely to suffer from diabetes as those who live in the more affluent areas of Epsom, North Shore and central Auckland, a study has found.

The study conducted by the University of Auckland, and published today in the NZ Medical Journal, found that geography played a part in the distribution of diabetes.

The study leader Daniel Exeter from Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the university said there was an inequity in health outcomes across electorates and contributing factors include levels of deprivation and access to different types of food.

“Research has shown that areas of high deprivation have much more ready availability to convenience food.”

The study analysed data from 63,000 people diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes across the region in 2011 who were aged 30 years or over.

The highest rate of diabetes was 17.3 percent in Mangere and the lowest was 3.2 percent on the North Shore even after adjusting for age, gender and ethnicity. The prevalence of the condition in the Auckland region was close to the national average at 8.5 percent.

I’d like to coin a phrase for this.  Let’s call it the KFC Factor.  

Dr Exeter said there were some areas in Counties Manukau that had a lower prevalence of diabetes and some have higher and using electorates is a way to exemplify that.

He said he hoped people would use the data to encourage their politicians to look at ways to improve public health.

An example of this is the levels of obesity in relation to the proximity of junk food outlets which Dr Exeter said had been highlighted by the media recently, “using that information there was a big drive to encourage councils for example to have a role perhaps in regulating the food environment around schools.”

He said his study is another way of looking at patterns around the community and see what can be done to encourage change.

The absurd line of thinking, if allowed to its completion, is that health Nazis want to shut down the fast food shops in Fat Bastard country, while the fast food shops in other areas are to remain open.

Anyone with a smidge of logic in their little pinky would realise that the existence of fast food outlets there is, in and of itself, not the driving factor to fat bastards becoming fatter.

Although there is a laudable intention behind trying to make the population live longer and healthier lives, not the least being the decreased cost on the tax payer, these health zealots seem to always arrive at taxing and banning “stuff” that, when put in other areas, are apparently just fine.  On that basis alone, their idea that KFC and Coke are to blame is too simplistic, and continues to be nothing but corporate bashing.

I don’t see any of them trying to ban sausage sizzles or independently owned fish and chips shops.

 

– Newshub

 


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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