Professor Boyd Swinburn*
The latest New Zealand Health Survey results show a substantial up-tick in both childhood and adult obesity prevalence after plateauing for a decade. This is of great concern and it makes a new report from the Sapere Research Group on the Economic Impact of Excess Weight in Aotearoa all the more important. The report was commissioned by Hapai Te Hauora and it is a very welcome update on the two previous studies I was involved with using data from 1991 and 2006.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://sciblogs.co.nz/public-health-expert/2021/12/14/the-cost-burden-of-excess-weight-in-new-zealand-sizing-up-a-new-report/