SODELPA’s $70K pledge

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Nadi It is pub­lic knowl­edge and has been now over a month since the Leader of the Op­po­si­tion, Ro Tei­mumu Kepa, had pledged and com­mit­ted that all her 17 Op­po­si­tion par­lia­men­tar­ian mem­bers will have $70K in to­tal given as their con­tri­bu­tion for relief as­sis­tance to vic­tims of Cy­clone Win­ston. That will be a re­sult of the SODELPA mem­ber’s col­lec­tive agree­ment to part with a per­cent­age of their yearly salary to se­lec­tively ben­e­fit their vot­ers only. May I ask the Sec­re­tary to Par­lia­ment and the Min­istry of Finance Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary to please con­firm, for the sake of pub­lic in­ter­est and trans­parency, if the de­duc­tions were re­ally im­ple­mented? If yes, can they in­form Fi­jians as to whom did they as­sist as far as your do­na­tions are con­cerned? That is tax­pay­ers monies to which we all have the right to know how and where it was used.

But I do hope it was not just an ill-con­ceived con­ve­nient po­lit­i­cal ploy. Word from the grapevine is that the ma­jor­ity of their mem­bers did not agree to the de­duc­tions as

Tukai Lag­o­ni­lakeba,

Obe­sity is gen­er­ally caused by eat­ing too much and mov­ing too lit­tle. If one con­sumes high amounts of en­ergy from his or her diet, par­tic­u­larly from fat and sugar but do not burn off the en­ergy through ex­er­cise and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, much of the sur­plus en­ergy is then stored by the body as fat. The most com­mon causes of obe­sity is over -eat­ing and phys­i­cal in­ac­tiv­ity. Ul­ti­mately body weight is the re­sult of ge­net­ics, me­tab­o­lism, be­hav­iour and cul­ture. A per­son is more likely to de­velop obe­sity if one or both par­ents are obese.

Obe­sity-re­lated health prob­lems are se­ri­ous for a per­son if a per­son shows care­less ness and does not look af­ter his or her body in a proper method. Obe­sity can cause heart at­tack. It causes stroke, causes cancer, Type 2 di­a­betes, ab­nor­mal blood flows, and meta­bolic syn­drome are also caused by be­ing obese.

Obe­sity can lead to heart fail­ure. This is a se­ri­ous con­di­tion in which a per­son’s heart can­not pump blood to meet the body’s need. Coro­nary heart dis­ease is a con­di­tion in which a waxy sub­stance called plaque builds up inside the coro­nary ar­ter­ies. The plaques usu­ally builds up and blocks coro­nary ar­ter­ies in sup­ply­ing blood prop­erly to the whole body. A per­son’s chances are high and greater in hav­ing high blood pres­sure if he or she is over­weight and obese.

Plaques and blood clots if close to the brain can block the flow of blood and oxy­gen to the brain and can be a se­ri­ous cause of stroke. Obe­sity can lead to many forms of sick­nesses to the body.

The se­ri­ous ones are heart at­tack, stroke, cancer, di­a­betes Type 2, high blood pres­sure, gall­stones, re­pro­duc­tive sys­tem, sleep ap­nea, etc. There­fore it is much de­sir­able for ev­ery per­son to un­der­stand about his or her eat­ing style, body move­ment, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, body rest and so on. Obe­sity also harms a per­son’s body and fig­ure. The body shape gets bulky and too fat and some­times looks ugly.

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