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Why are New Zealanders fat?

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Bacon and egg pie. Photo / Paul Taylor, Hawke's Bay Today
Bacon and egg pie. Photo / Paul Taylor, Hawke's Bay Today

New Zealand's high rate of obesity is no surprise, because of its fat-promoting environment and its love affair with cars, an international health leader says.

"It's a normal human response to get fat in the New Zealand environment," Professor Philip James said yesterday.

"Most governments assume it's all your fault if you're fat. But in Britain, the chief scientist's advice, which has been accepted by the Cabinet, is that it's not true."

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