Obesity-related publications

Publications relating to obesity, nutrition and physical activity in New Zealand.


  • Published 02 May 2006
    Nutrient Reference Values are the levels of recommended intakes of essential nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals. These technical documents include discussion of each nutrient and all the recommendations, and an appendix detailing the evidence for each recommendation.
  • Published 02 December 2004
    Obesity is one of the most important modifiable risk factors for a number of major diseases, including type 2 diabetes mellitus, ischaemic heart disease, ischaemic stroke and several common cancers. In the last two decades, the prevalence of overweight and obesity in developed countries has increased so quickly that is has been described as an epidemic. However, until now we have lacked a detailed description of obesity trends in New Zealand over an extended period of time.
  • Published 02 June 2004
    The Healthy Eating – Healthy Action: Oranga Kai – Oranga Pumau: Strategy framework (HEHA Strategy) provides an integrated policy framework to bring about changes in the environment in which New Zealanders live, work and play as this relates to nutrition, physical activity and obesity. It is the Ministry’s response to three of the 13 priority population health objectives in the New Zealand Health Strategy (Minister of Health 2000).
  • Published 02 November 2003
    It describes the methodologies and the data on nutrient intakes and their sources; food security; eating patterns; frequently eaten foods; physical activity patterns; dental health; anthropometric measures and selected nutrition-related clinical measures of New Zealand schoolchildren 5–14 years of age.
  • Published 02 March 2003
    With increasing rates of preventable health conditions related to poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyles, and the rising obesity epidemic, the need to act now is becoming urgent. But getting people to change their lifestyles is not an easy task.
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