Alarm­ing num­bers

Weekend Herald - - News -

New Zealand’s obe­sity and den­tal de­cay rates

Around 33 per cent of New Zealand’s

chil­dren are over­weight or obese. Around 66 per cent of adults in New

Zealand are over­weight or obese.

New Zealand has the third high­est

child­hood and obe­sity rates in the world. Pasi­fika com­mu­ni­ties were three times

more likely to ex­pe­ri­ence obe­sity. More than 96,000 New Zealand chil­dren

had their teeth ex­tracted last year, and more than 7500 re­quired den­tal treat­ment un­der gen­eral anaes­thetic. Re­mov­ing chil­dren’s teeth costs New

Zealand $30 mil­lion per year.

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