Health Issues

Unhealthy commodities - tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy foods such as soft drinks and processed foods that are high in salt, fat, and sugar are leading risk factors for chronic noncommunicable diseases

Unhealthy commodities – tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy foods such as soft drinks and processed foods that are high in salt, fat, and sugar are leading risk factors for chronic noncommunicable diseases. These commodities contribute about one third of the overall preventable health loss (premature death and disability) in Aotearoa/New Zealand, with wide inequities by ethnicity and levels of disadvantage.

Unhealthy diets, obesity, tobacco, and alcohol contribute about one third of the overall preventable premature death and disability in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Premature deaths:

High BMI = overweight and obesity (3782.06 deaths), Diet = Unhealthy diet (5823.84 deaths) Tobacco use (4627.40 deaths), Alcohol use (1263.18 deaths) = 15,496.48 preventable deaths

Years lived with Disability:

High BMI = overweight and obesity (35,039.46 YLDs), Diet = Unhealthy diet (11,641.10 YLDs) Tobacco use (14,976.92 YLDs), Alcohol use (13,589.91 YLDs) = preventable YLDs

Health Issues

Tobacco

What progress are we making on tobacco control and how can we reach our national goal of being Smokefree by 2025?

Alcohol

What progress are we making on reducing the negative health and social impact of alcohol and what policies are needed to further reduce harm?

Unhealthy food

What progress we are making on reducing diet-related diseases, obesity, dental caries and mental health problems related to unhealthy foods and what are the WHO-recommended polices we need to implement?

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