15 Oct 2020

Obesity debate: Tongan NZ artist's comments go viral

From The Panel, 4:51 pm on 15 October 2020

The issue of obesity has been front and centre in this election - ever since National leader Judith Collins' remarks about obesity and personal responsibility.

Tongan artist and photographer Isoa Kavakimotu has written about this on Facebook in a post that has been shared thousands of times and joined the Panel to talk about his own experience.

"I grew up surrounded by takeaways and liquor stores. When the dairy is selling fruit for $1.50 per fruit, but pies are $1 each, and I only have $3 for lunch... guess what I'm gonna buy?" he wrote.

Isoa Kavakimotu.

Isoa Kavakimotu. Photo: Facebook