Kiwis third fattest in new obesity report
Page 1 of 2 ..... 4:00AM Tuesday Jul 14, 2009
By Alastair Sloane and Alanah May Eriksen

Healthcare lobbyists have criticised the Government's funding cuts in the face of a report showing New Zealand is the third fattest nation in the developed world.

They fear disease and complications caused by obesity will lead to higher healthcare costs in the future.

The Health Care Data 2009 report, by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, focused on 30 nations.

Of those that reported on weight issues, all showed they were getting fatter.

The obesity rate among adults in New Zealand in 2007 was 26.5 per cent. This compared with figures reported the previous year by the United States at 34.3 per cent and Mexico at 30 per cent.

The figure compares with a reported 25 per cent obesity rate in New Zealand in 2003 and 18 per cent in 1997.

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