Health researcher calls Judith Collins' obesity comments "heartless"

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Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Mon, 12 Oct 2020, 6:05PM
National leader Judith Collins is copping criticism for calling obesity an individual rather than a society issue. (Photo / File)
National leader Judith Collins is copping criticism for calling obesity an individual rather than a society issue. (Photo / File)

Health researcher calls Judith Collins' obesity comments "heartless"

Author
Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Mon, 12 Oct 2020, 6:05PM

National leader Judith Collins has been blunt on the topic of obesity, calling it an individual issue rather than an epidemic.

Collins says it is time to stop blaming the system for obesity, and people should start taking personal responsibility.

Massey University fat researcher Dr Cat Pause told Heather du Plessis-Allan she strongly disagrees with Collins' comments.

"I found Judith Collins' response to the story both heartless, but unfortunately not surprising," she says. "It fits in line with a larger neo-liberal project, which is about positioning individuals as being solely responsible for their own health and well-being, and suggesting neither the larger society nor the state has any role to play.

"We are a community, we need to take care of one another."

Dr Pause says it is important for individuals to promote the health and well-being of all people, rather than stepping in and trying to alter one's eating habits.

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