3 Aug 2013

Call for curb on fast food outlets

9:43 am on 3 August 2013

There are calls for controls on fast food outlets in Pasifika communities to stem accelerating child obesity.

An Auckland University of Technology study of 1200 Pasifika children has found that, by the age of 10, two thirds were overweight with half classed as obese.

The manager for TAHA Well Pacific Mother and Infant Service says Auckland Council needs to limit fast food outlets in south Auckland.

Jacinta Fa'alili-Fidow says there are far too many outlets and they're deliberately exploiting low-income Pasifika communities.

Dietician Soana Muimuiheata wants controls on dairies that target school children with cheap junk food combos.

The report's author, Elaine Rush, says town planning regulations need to change to improve access to cheaper, healthier food.