Increasing obesity rates in New Zealand present a real health issue, and experts are saying we need to re-think the way we look at weight gain and dieting.
Obesity has had much public focus recently, with high-profile health researchers last week calling on the government to act, and Otago University yesterday releasing a podcast examining obesity and its causes in New Zealand.
The Science Media Centre held a briefing with experts on obesity, dieting and weight loss ahead of the Dietitians New Zealand conference being held in Nelson next week (22-24 August). Speakers from the conference talked about weight gain problems – and solutions – for both the individual and society as a whole.
Prof Garry Egger- Professor of Lifestyle Medicine and Applied Health Promotion at Southern Cross University in Australia.
Dr Caroline Horwath – Senior Lecturer at the Department of Human Nutrition at Otago University.