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  • #1701838
    Profile photo of bruce139151bruce139151
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    bruce139151

    SUGAR TAX ! here we go again.  This poll certainly doesn’t reflect the view of the people I have spoken to.

    There needs to be more money spent to educate the ethnic areas more susceptible to obesity rather than lump every New Zealander into the “obese” category. Why should I pay a sugar tax just because some other ethnicities are more susceptible and/or lax in their management of healthy eating and use of soft drinks etc.

    Gov’t statistics 2014 . Obesity in New Zealand.

    Pacifica 68.4%   (children 26.2%)

    Maori    46.5%   (children 15.7%)

    Euro/Caucasian 25.7%  (children 6.7%)

    Asian 14.5%   (children 6.4%)

    Sugar tax poll ??

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12157492

     

     

    #1701854
    Profile photo of halcyonhalcyon
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    halcyon

    Just as a thought bruce. I wonder what role parental practices play in the ethnic differences in respect to obesity?

    I behave therefore I am.
    (Apologies to B F Skinner and Rene Descartes)

    #1701864
    Profile photo of jennifer128355jennifer128355
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    jennifer128355

    I think it is more like the worn out working parents, trying to compensate not being around as much as they would like and giving them what they want.

    It use to be happy wife, happy life….but I think it has changed?

    #1701866
    Profile photo of huiatahihuiatahi
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    huiatahi

    Maori and Pacific Islanders usually have a predisposing fat gene

    huiatahi

    #1701867
    Profile photo of jennifer128355jennifer128355
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    jennifer128355

    True that haiatahi but there are many Caucasians over weight.

     

     

     

     

    #1701892
    Profile photo of lilith7lilith7
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    lilith7

    World first as Scottish tidal turbines start.

     

    https://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/world-first-as-scottish-tidal-turbines-connect-to-grid-1-4822133?fbclid=IwAR2IaaItf494fa1lJlztSVw1ZVhlGt8l0F9sjNjugYKruybi-B5fLeUS2NE

     

    “A pioneering green energy project in the far north of Scotland has become the world’s first fully operational grid-connected ‘baseload’ tidal power station.

    The move comes after tidal turbines in the sea off Shetland were integrated with cutting edge battery storage from international tech firm Tesla to enable a predictable supply of renewable energy to be fed into the network. The 300-kilowatt scheme, owned by Edinburgh-based Nova Innovation, has produced 30 megawatt-hours of electricity since going online at the beginning of this month. The three-turbine array has the capacity to power around 200 homes, but the firm has plans to double the size of the scheme after securing £272,600 of Scottish Government funding.”

    #1701898
    Profile photo of huiatahihuiatahi
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    huiatahi

    Hi Jennifer…..yes, and some Caucasians can carry that gene.  You’ve probably all seen that skinny person that eats everything in sight and never puts on weight…damn them 🙂  🙂

    huiatahi

    #1701899
    Profile photo of arandararandar
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    arandar

    Plus cheaper foods tend to have a lot of sugar and salt added.

    Prepared meals and sauces have a great deal of sugar and salt added

    And the portion sizes in all but the best restaurants have increased greatly.

    As Jennifer writes, timepoor parents do tend to provide instant or prepared meals for their families.

    And, in general, we have become a more sedentary population.

    Perfect storm really.

    🌊Arandar🏄🏽‍♀️

    #1701954
    Profile photo of mommabear70mommabear70
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    mommabear70

    This site with its discussion section is really quite unique.

    One of the reasons I joined Grownups Discussions threads is that the site has a list of Behaviour Guidelines – things that one would expect grown up people to follow – without having to be told.
    Kids will be kids, but adults?
    In the relatively short time I’ve been a member it’s become apparent particular members have a complete disregard for the Guidelines, especially when it comes to the Politics threads.
    Some even show disrespect for the site’s administrators, stating quite openly in discussion threads how they want things run – unbelieveable! Still, I understand perfectly why they do that – they’re hoping for, and succeeding, that other same-minded members will (foolishly) join the band wagon. Then they wonder why some members get blocked.

    Then there’s some members who think it’s fine to make up, and try to enforce, their own set of rules. But it’s a do-as-I-say rather than a do-as-I-do mentality.
    There’s the ‘give credit where credit is due’ suggestion that only applies to posts from one member.
    There’s the ‘you know you’re wrong so apologise’ gang up mentaliity aimed at one member but when another member has been found wanting, the gang goes into hiding.
    Then there’s the good old online dictionary brought out on occasions in an endeavour to back up a claim.
    How about sexism jibes aimed at certain members? Happening quite a lot but ne’er a squeak.

    Here’s another beauty from the Guidelines.
    ‘Using capital letters is the equivalent of yelling in the discussion forum, it’s considered rude and is not correct ‘netiquette’ and is rather hard on the eyes!’
    I’ve seen objections raised from what I’d call the Left corner to the Right corner, but never a complaint from Left to Left.

    Whilst browsing some previous posts, I came across this clincher posted in 2015, when National were in power.
    “The political threads are controlled by the most abusive posters on the threads, simply because the Govt. in power does not conform to their requirements.”
    Pretty well sums up all of the above.
    Control.

    #1701986
    Profile photo of halcyonhalcyon
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    halcyon

    Is it actually one particular member who is depressing the level of discussion huiatahi? Or is the reason the change of Government. Thinking back to early 2017, there were regular debates on this, and other similar threads, over the actions of the then government. There were some members who regularly criticised the actions of the Government. And there were those who regularly defended the actions of the Government.

    As one who used to regularly defend the Government I can assure you it is far easier to criticise than defend. And my defence was not because I supported the Government but more to provide balance in the opinions presented.

    Now, those who criticise the current Government are in the minority. And this is a shame because it reduces the opportunity for debate. We run the risk of these threads becoming an ‘echo chamber’.

    I behave therefore I am.
    (Apologies to B F Skinner and Rene Descartes)

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