22 Jun 2014

Maori face chronic disease burden

2:16 pm on 22 June 2014

A snapshot of health statistics shows Maori face more illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes than other groups do.

One in five Maori children is obese.

One in five Maori children is obese. Photo: PHOTO NZ

Results from the New Zealand Health Survey, released by the Ministry of Health, show a higher burden for Maori from long-term health conditions.

High blood pressure that has to be treated with medication, chronic pain, arthritis and asthma also feature in the survey findings.

Almost one in five Maori children (18%) and almost half of Maori adults (46%) were classed as obese in the survey.

The report notes those levels are about twice as high as the obesity rates for non-Maori.