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ACT’s Weight Action Plan is to not get worse

By Barcham - 5 December 2013 48

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Towards Zero Growth is ACT’s new inspirational health slogan.

“Let’s work towards not getting worse!”

I can see the t-shirts now.

Have a read of the Healthy Weight Action Plan here if you’d like to see what the Government’s plans are to make things exactly the same as they are right now.

The most interesting/distressing part are the stats Katy drops in her foreword.

Apparently 63.6% of adults are overweight or obese, up from 22.9% in 1995.

Time to break out the trainers ladies and gentlemen.

What’s Your opinion?


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48 Responses to
ACT’s Weight Action Plan is to not get worse
dpm 2:29 pm 06 Dec 13

neanderthalsis said :

LSWCHP said :

I know I see lots of fatty-boomstix waddling and shaking around the place these days, but 63.6%? Two thirds of adults are overweight or obese?

Somehow that doesn’t seem right to me.

They persist in using the BMI as the key indicator of obesity. This means that anyone with a reasonable amount of muscle development falls into the overweight category.

Unfortunately there is no other simple measure for statistical reporting of obesity other than getting the entire population (or a representative sample) to line up for a body composition analysis that gives total percentages of body fat.

I was going to say ‘cue the BMI naysayers’, but i’m a bit slow!
Anyway, I suppose we can instead say there has been an increase in the adult popn of muscle-bound beefcakes – up from ~23% in 1995 to ~63% now! Hahaha! Damn gyms! 🙂

poetix 1:34 pm 06 Dec 13

Diggety said :

I pity the public servant tasked with fudging the data on this one.

Or data-ing the fudge…

Reprobate 12:10 pm 06 Dec 13

“All residents of each Canberra suburb will be compulsorily weighed through a free visiting fatty boomba bus. The ten suburbs with the highest obesity levels will be summarily decreed to be part of New South Wales to help Canberra achieve yet another government-developed aspirational target.”

No, that not a real quote from the plan. But somehow it still fits in…

OverLord 10:49 am 06 Dec 13

It’s the kind of promotional material you would see produced on the Neutral Planet.

http://futurama.wikia.com/wiki/Neutral_Planet

NoniDoll 10:25 am 06 Dec 13

Question: if this is a report about the obesity problem, why are there only fit-looking people in the photos (save for the headless belly with measuring tape)? Surely there should be some photos of plus-size folks doing healthy stuff to demonstrate that YES, EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE FAT, YOU CAN DO THESE THINGS.

Because as a plus-sized woman, seeing fit and healthy people doing fit and healthy things together doesn’t really make we want to join in – it makes me feel like an other who isn’t good enough to acknowledge in the promotional material for a program that is supposed to affect me.

neanderthalsis 10:12 am 06 Dec 13

LSWCHP said :

I know I see lots of fatty-boomstix waddling and shaking around the place these days, but 63.6%? Two thirds of adults are overweight or obese?

Somehow that doesn’t seem right to me.

They persist in using the BMI as the key indicator of obesity. This means that anyone with a reasonable amount of muscle development falls into the overweight category.

Unfortunately there is no other simple measure for statistical reporting of obesity other than getting the entire population (or a representative sample) to line up for a body composition analysis that gives total percentages of body fat.

Deref 9:56 am 06 Dec 13

Bugger. When I first read the slogan I hoped that they might have finally come up with a sane population policy.

Diggety 8:54 am 06 Dec 13

I pity the public servant tasked with fudging the data on this one.

miz 8:06 am 06 Dec 13

Nothing will work until the Heart Foundation dumps its erroneous high carb/low fat dietary recommendations.
http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/sweden-becomes-first-western-nation-to-reject-low-fat-diet-dogma-in-favor-of-low-carb-high-fat-nutrition/

Aeek 12:06 am 06 Dec 13

Masquara said :

Soooooooo – no new CBR branding

I keep thinking Honda CBR whenever I see that.

Masquara 9:28 pm 05 Dec 13

Skidbladnir said :

NoWaist2015?

+1
Soooooooo – no new CBR branding allowed when the topic is the not-hot! , not-thin! So much for inclusiveness, Katie Gallagher et al!

LSWCHP 8:04 pm 05 Dec 13

I know I see lots of fatty-boomstix waddling and shaking around the place these days, but 63.6%? Two thirds of adults are overweight or obese?

Somehow that doesn’t seem right to me.

Pork Hunt 7:00 pm 05 Dec 13

muscledude_oz said :

“Let’s work towards not getting worse!”

I think I prefer “No pain, no gain”.

You would!

Skidbladnir 5:59 pm 05 Dec 13

NoWaist2015?

muscledude_oz 5:03 pm 05 Dec 13

“Let’s work towards not getting worse!”

I think I prefer “No pain, no gain”.

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