It’s official; there are now more fat people than skinny people in the world. Obesity is the biggest health crisis on the planet. For the first time in history children are facing shorter lives than their parents. The world’s health systems face an approaching tsunami of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Unfortunately New Zealand is leading the way. A million New Zealand adults are already obese, and another 1.25 million are significantly overweight - which means a staggering 64% of New Zealanders are now either obese or overweight. In the developed world, only Americans are fatter.
So how did this happen? How did we go from obesity rates of 9%, to 30% in less than a generation? Why Are We Fat? explains the reasons for our rapid weight gain and looks at what we can do about it.
Presented by Chef Simon Gault, this three-part documentary series examines the science behind obesity and the looming health crisis. Simon talks to experts from around the world and becomes a human guinea-pig in an attempt to improve his own health.
Why Are We Fat? is made with the support of NZ On Air's Platinum Fund
Simon puts himself through other medical tests including finding out his fat to muscle ratio in the “bod pod” at Massey University and using an MRI machine to gauge how much of his fat is visceral fat. Shocked to learn the true state of his health, Simon commits to making some serious changes so he can live longer and overcome his diabetes.
In part two of Prime’s documentary series, Why Are We Fat?, Simon tackles one of his most-hated activities – exercise. First up, a cardio-vascular fitness test so the team at AUT’s Millennium Institute can prescribe the most appropriate exercise for Simon – short, sharp resistance training and high-intensity interval training.