The Annual Update of Key Results 2014/15: New Zealand Health Survey last year found that:
- one in nine children (aged 2–14 years) were obese (11%)
- a further 22% were children were overweight but not obese
- 15% of Māori children were obese
- 30% of Pacific children were obese
- the child obesity rate increased from 8% in 2006/07 to 11% in 2014/15
- children living in the most deprived areas were five times as likely to be obese as children living in the least deprived areas*
Our role is understanding the risks this poses to children’s hearts and how we can ensure a healthy future for all.
Our Clinical Research Group performs non-invasive techniques on children and young adults at high risk.
Their aim is to detect heart and blood vessel problems at a stage when they are potentially reversible and then design interventions to try to treat any abnormalities found.
According to Clinical Research Group Leader David Celermajer, early detection and prevention of advanced heart disease could save hundreds of thousands of lives each year.
*For more information refer to the Annual Update of Key Results 2014/15: New Zealand Health Survey - www.health.gov.nz