Obesity will overtake tobacco as the leading risk to
health in New Zealand within two years, the Health Ministry
The burden of type two diabetes is highlighted in a ministry
briefing to the incoming minister, Jonathan Coleman, released
It said a third of all illness, disability and premature death
was associated with factors which could be changed through
prevention and treatment.
By 2016, obesity is expected to overtake tobacco as the leading
risk to health.
Officials also said type two diabetes was the only chronic
disease projected to increase in both incidence and prevalence, as
people lived longer.
A wide range of programmes were being implemented to address
such challenges, the paper said.
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