Tackling obesity – an innovative approach

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.

You can listen to the audio from the briefing below or download it here. Registered journalists can log into the SMC Resource Library to access speaker’s slides.


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.