nactivity and obesity: Are Kiwi kidsbecoming fat and lazy? What does this meanfor New Zealand society?´
The scientific knowledge and focus on overweight people and obesity is nowhuge. The term ´Obesity epidemicµ is a common phrase used in society,particularly by health professionals and doctors, who emphasise their concernfor our society and future generations· health. Undoubtedly, there are NewZealanders, both adults and children who are obese, but can we consider thisan epidemic?The word epidemic is rather emotive as it has medical connotations giving theimplication that mass amounts of people are suffering from some kind of´conditionµ or disease. ´Epidemicµ means to be ´spreading rapidly andextensively by infection and affecting many individuals in an area or apopulation at the same time.µ While we may consider some people obese, itmay be an overstatement to categorise obesity among plagues such as influenzaand smallpox. However, there are those who would argue against this analysisof the ´epidemicµ to be an exaggeration since some statistics do confirm thatobesity and childhood obesity has in fact increased.Epidemic or no epidemic there is indeed a need to change something - evenmultiple things in order to improve the well-being of New Zealand children. Todetermine possible solutions to this problem it is important to understand whatobesity and inactivity is, and why it may exist. Is it something that always has,and always will due to pre determinants or have we created childhood obesitythrough our own choices?Throughout this essay, I am going to attempt to answer and evaluate many ofthe questions and opinions I have out lined above. I will also critically analysethe following: Possible causes of childhood obesity and inactivity, therelationship between childhood obesity and inactivity, and reasons as to whythey are issues of concern for New Zealand. From this information, I willdiscuss possible solutions to these issues and implications of the possibleoutcomes. Additionally, whether current influences surrounding New Zealandare likely to enable and allow these solutions or act as barriers to prevent them.