The Obesity Action Coalition

Obesity is a major risk factor for many chronic, debilitating and life-threatening diseases. The cause of this growing trend is largely due to a social and physical changes in the way we live. It is therefore important to change the environment as well as to effect individual change.

Thirty-five percent of New Zealand adults are overweight and 21 percent are obese. From 1977 to 2003 the prevalence of obesity has doubled. One in three children is overweight (21 percent) and obese (10 percent). Māori and Pacific people, both adults and children, have higher rates of obesity than other ethnic groups. Reducing the prevalence of obesity in NZ is a high priority for the New Zealand government.

The Obesity Action Coalition is an advocacy organisation which aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity in New Zealand by promoting environmental changes to make it easier for people to maintain a healthy weight.

Over 60 non-profit organisations have joined the Coalition to date, representing a wide range of organisations including, public health units, Māori groups, consumers, education and recreation and physical activity groups.

The Coalition is an incorporated society. Its activities are governed by an elected Board and managed by an appointed Executive Director, Leigh Sturgiss director@obesityaction.org.nz.

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