[public-health] PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND FITNESS : MEDICAL: CONDITIONS: OBESITY : MEDICAL: DISEASES: DIABETES : GOVERNMENT : COUNTRIES: NEW ZEALAND : NATIVE POPULATIONS : TOBACCO CIGARETTES CIGARS AND SMOKING: Brighter Future? Obesity Tips the Scales on Smoking

 

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PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND FITNESS :

MEDICAL: CONDITIONS: OBESITY :

MEDICAL: DISEASES: DIABETES :

GOVERNMENT :

COUNTRIES: NEW ZEALAND :

NATIVE POPULATIONS :

TOBACCO CIGARETTES CIGARS AND SMOKING:

Brighter Future? Obesity Tips the Scales on Smoking

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Brighter Future? Obesity Tips the Scales on Smoking

Sarah Robson, Social Issues Reporter
Laura Tupou, Reporter
Indira Stewart, RNZI Journalist
RNZ

http://www.radionz.co.nz/programmes/brighter-future/story/201848876/ brighter-future-obesity-tips-the-scales-on-smoking

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/ycfytx9t

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Its midday in Mangere, and as soon as the DJ drops a track, it’s all on.

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Every day for the past five years, about 100 people have showed up to a Zumba class at the town centre shopping mall.

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When Isitolo Lemoe first showed up to the class three years ago, he was in a wheelchair.

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After multiple knee operations, doctors told him he would still have trouble walking without regular exercise.

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They help[ed] me to walk again. I call this group  its my family.

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But while many locals are hoping to get fit and lose weight, in this town it’s a battle against the odds. Next door to the town centre is a fast food takeaway shop, a bakery and a couple of liquor stores. Walk across the road and you’ll see a McDonalds, a KFC and a Carl’s Junior.

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With the largest Pacific population in New Zealand residing in the Mangere-Otahuhu local board area, the suburb’s struggles to provide a window on Pasifika health challenges nationwide.

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Despite various government initiatives over the last decade, the number of obese Pacific adults has risen to nearly 70 percent – double the rate of the general population.

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A report looking into Pasifika health after the last census in 2013 indicated the government’s response to the health needs of Pacific peoples has been inadequate.

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One in 10 Pacific adults has been diagnosed with diabetes, more than three times the rate of non-Pacific adults – a level that hasn’t budged over the last decade.

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Kalolaine Kaufusi, who organises the Zumba class, also runs a monthly nutrition and cooking class in the town centre aimed at tackling obesity and diabetes in the community.

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But her healthier style of cooking hasn’t always gone down well with locals.

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They told me, ‘You just take away the flavour.’

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“And I said, ‘Yeah … the fat, it’s nice and salty, but when you finish eating, you just sit around, watch TV and do nothing… This is how the fat and the starch grow and this is how you get diabetes.
Fighting the figures

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Christina Nabong is on a personal mission to prove the statistics wrong.

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At 135kg, she was at her heaviest after having her second child seven years ago. Classed as obese, she decided to sign up to FitLife, a free fitness programme in South Auckland, and hasn’t looked back.

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“My partner and I both started off at a big weight. We’re both doing well so far and we want to be good examples for our kids [because] obesity is major in South Auckland.”

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Smoking rate success

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While it might be losing the war on weight, the government has had some success in reducing rates of smoking, which accounts for 8.7 percent of health lost.

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A decade ago, 20 percent of the total adult population smoked. That figure has dropped to about 16 percent for the total population.

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There have also been decreases among Maori and Pacific people, although the rates are still high – 26 percent of Pacific people and 39 percent of Maori.

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Reducing the burden of death and disease caused by smoking has been a goal for the current government – pushed by the Maori Party through its confidence and supply agreements over the last nine years.

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Back in 2011, the government adopted the lofty target of making New Zealand smoke-free by 2025.

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Despite the improvements so far, there’s still a long way to go. In order to stay on target, current rates would need to nearly halve by next year – down to 10 percent for the general population and 20 percent for Maori.

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The government’s strategy has focused on three things: protecting children from exposure to tobacco marketing and promotion; reducing the supply of, and demand for tobacco; and providing the best possible support for quitting.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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[public-health] PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND FITNESS : MEDICAL: CONDITIONS: OBESITY : MEDICAL: DISEASES: DIABETES : GOVERNMENT : COUNTRIES: NEW ZEALAND : NATIVE POPULATIONS : TOBACCO CIGARETTES CIGARS AND SMOKING: Brighter Future? Obesity Tips the Scales on Smoking

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