2 Jul 2020

Tongan body builder says banning mutton flaps great idea

From First Up, 5:45 am on 2 July 2020

Tonga has banned all imports of mutton flaps as it tries to tackle high rates of diabetes and obesity in the country. The country has one of the highest rates of type 2 diabetes in the world and its government says that's partly due to the consumption of cheap and fatty meats like mutton flaps. South Auckland based and Tongan born Mateo Vaihu is New Zealand's 3-time National Bodybuilding champion and is currently running fitness and nutrition programmes to help Pasifika. He told First Up the ban, which came into effect yesterday, is a good start but more needs to be done.