New Zealand has high levels of childhood overweight and obesity, and it remains a significant public health concern. It is associated with later obesity and a range of poor health outcomes.

A group of researchers from A Better Start E Tipu e Rea has published a report on Child obesity prevalence across communities in New Zealand: 2010-2016.

The aim of this report prepared by Sheree Gibb, Nichola Shackleton, Rick Audas, Barry Taylor, Boyd Swinburn, Tong Zhu, Rachael Taylor, Jose Derraik, Wayne Cutfield, and Barry Milne, is to assess community-level differences in four-year-old obesity prevalence in New Zealand, trends over time, and the extent to which differences can be explained by ethnicity, deprivation and urbanicity.

Here are links to some of the coverage about the publication and what it means to New Zealanders:

  • New research shows childhood obesity rates have dropped slightly, but now researchers want to find out why. READ MORE 
  • Childhood obesity is declining in NZ – as long as you don’t live in a low-income area. READ MORE 
  • A nationwide study of our four-year-olds has revealed obesity levels have dropped across more than half of the country. READ MORE 




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