Leisure Concepts brings the world’s best fitness equipment brands to Australasia including Eleiko, Atlantis Strength and Merrithew Pilates. With a huge variety of treadmills,…read more
Tackling obesity through New Zealand’s rugby clubs
A new study aims to determine if a weight management programme delivered throughout New Zealand rugby clubs could help to curb the nation’s growing obesity problem, particularly among Maori and Pacific men.
University of Auckland researcher Associate Professor Ralph Maddison have recently received a Feasibility Study award from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) worth nearly $150,000 to assess if a weight management and healthy lifestyles programme developed in Scotland for football fans could work in New Zealand.
Commenting on the funding, Dr Maddison stated “in New Zealand 31% of adults are obese and a further 34% are overweight. Obesity in males increased from 17% in 1997 to 30% in 2012/2013, and men have higher rates of obesity than women across most age groups.”
Unfortunately, Dr Maddison says men do not typically engage with traditional weight loss programmes, with 88% of commercial programme attendees being female.
He suggests that reasons for this may include the perception that dieting and weight management programmes are ‘for women’, and concerns about feeling out of place in female-dominated groups.
Dr Maddison states “professional rugby with its high male, Maori, and Pacific fan base provides an ideal way to deliver weight management programmes.
“This study will modify and pre-test an effective and cost-effective programme developed in Scotland with professional soccer clubs to determine its acceptability for New Zealand men.”
HRC Chief Executive Dr Kathryn McPherson says the rapid increase in New Zealand’s obesity rates in recent years is a serious health concern, adding “funding research such as this is vital as obesity and its related complications, including diabetes, high blood pressure, cancers, stroke, and heart disease, potentially pose the greatest public health threat to New Zealand going forward.”
Dr Maddison is one of nine researchers to receive a combined total of more than $1.2 million in Feasibility Study funding in the HRC’s 2015 funding round.
14th March 2015 - IOC JOINS FORCES WITH UNESCO TO IMPROVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS
8th October 2014 - NEW ZEALAND MINISTER OF HEALTH AND SPORT TO FOCUS ON OBESITY PREVENTION
27th August 2014 - STUDY SHOWS DRINKS CHILDREN ASSOCIATE WITH SPORT ARE LARGELY UNHEALTHY
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Centaman has been a market leader in Enterprise Software Solutions for the leisure and recreation industry and both profit and not-for-profit attractions since 1991. It offers a wide range of software…read more
Gladstone Health & Leisure (Gladstone MRM Pty Ltd Australia) is a leading supplier of leisure management and fitness software and is endorsed by leading health and fitness professionals and…read more
Hydrocare Pool Services Pty Ltd offer 25 years of experience in aquatic industry features, products and water treatment. Hydrocare Pools has undertaken water treatment for aquatic centres and…read more
Ecoline is a highly experienced and skilled company that offers world-first technology in safety, protects the environment and provides a unique and challenging custom-made adventure and educational…read more
Hidroplay welcomes you to the exciting world of children's Playscapes, waterslide's and Water Attractions. Appealing to families, Hidroplay increases patronage in your facility during those…read more
TJS Services is a leading national facility services provider. We deliver quality cleaning, maintenance, construction and facility management services to over 1,500 sites Australia wide. Our…read more
Mattioli provides award winning painting, flooring and waterproofing services to the aquatics and recreation sector. We’re recognised as the leading contractor in the industry with award-winning…read more