On 14 November 2020, World Diabetes Day, the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre acknowledges the millions of people worldwide living with diabetes who are at increased risk for poor outcomes from a COVID-19 infection.
The imperative to prevent type 2 diabetes has never been stronger, and addressing the causes of obesity will go a long way towards preventing new cases of this disease.
Professor Jim Mann, Co-Director of EDOR and Director of the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge, spoke recently with Radio NZ about what needs to happen to address childhood obesity in Aotearoa New Zealand:
Concerted action needed to tackle NZ/Pacific child obesity, RNZ, 12 Nov, 2020
How can we prevent type 2 diabetes?
The most effective way to address the diabetes pandemic is a public health approach. There are a range of actions that governments can take to help prevent type 2 diabetes, including:
- A levy on sugar-sweetened beverages
- A government-led code for food advertising
- An enforceable healthy school food policy
- Clear recommendations regarding the role of sleep in obesity prevention
Hear more from the experts
- Nick Wareham- how to tackle New Zealand's diabetes epidemic, RNZ, 21 September, 2019 (24min,43sec)
- Can food or drink taxes protect our health? EDOR experts analyse worldwide studies, 19 March, 2020
- High fibre benefits those with diabetes or prediabetes, EDOR study finding, 12 March, 2020
- The global effort to tackle obesity and diabetes - public lectures, 28 February, 2018
- The Diabesity Crisis: How can we make a difference? A range of presentations from worldwide experts in diabetes and obesity research, 2017
Read about the double jeopardy of diabetes and COVID-19
- Diabetes and COVID-19—the meeting of two pandemics: what are the concerns? NZMJ, 8 May 2020, Volume 133, Number 1514
- Let’s not ignore the other pandemic, Niki Bezzant, Newsroom, 30 May, 2020