New research has come out showing that New Zealanders are getting fatter! But on the plus side we are smoking less.
Data has been collected and analysed from the 2017-18 New Zealand Health Survey.
Obesity has risen to 32 percent of the adult population, up from 27 percent a decade ago.
Smoking rates have dropped from 20 percent of the population to 15 percent over the same period.
Ministry of Health chief adviser on population health Fran McGrath said this mirrored international trends.
Dr McGrath said these statistics were very important for working out the high priority areas to address health problems and where to target government policy.