Jacinda Ardern's rival The Crusher says fat people need to take the blame for being obese - sparking backlash from one of her own MPs
杰辛达·阿德恩(Jacinda Ardern)的竞争对手“粉碎者”(The Crusher)表示，肥胖的人需要承担肥胖的责任-这引发了她自己的一名议员的强烈反对。
New Zealand National MPMark Mitchell has spoken out against his party's leader after she called obesity a 'weakness'.
Judith Collins blasted overweight Kiwis, labelling the growing issue a 'personal choice'.
'It doesn't take much to get frozen veges in the freezer. It's not that hard,' she said at a media conference.
'We can all take personal responsibility and we all have to own up to our little weaknesses on these matters.
'Do not blame systems for personal choices.'
The divisive conservative stalwart, known as The Crusher, copped a backlash for the comments.
Her deputy leader MrBrownlee told Newstalk ZBon Wednesday that although he agrees obesity can be dealt with through exercise and diet, the issue is much more complex.
'Some obesity is related to medical conditions, even psychological conditions that need treating, so it's a more complex issue,' he said.
The issue is becoming a huge problem in New Zealand with official government statistics revealing that one in three kiwis over the age of 15 are now obese.
New Zealand First Party leader Winston Peters, has warned there is a 'tsunami of obesity problems' facing the country.
'It's a critical matter and our health system faces a nightmare unless we get going right here and right now to do something about it,' he was quoted in the NZ Herald.
'We can all condemn them ... but the reality is, they'll have sadly truncated lives and many illnesses which are avoidable and I'd like to think that this country has a seriously practical dialogue about it rather than just condemning people.'
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has also warned against laying blame.
'I think on an issue like this, people are, we are all, products of our environment. You can't deny that and so we do have to look at all the multiple factors that contribute to obesity issues in New Zealand.'
Although calls have ramped up for a broader national strategy targeting the problem, Mr Mitchellsays he's against invasive government intervention.
'To say that there should be some state-mandated action enforcing people to be a particular size, I think that's a step too far,' he said.
The war of words comes as the country is set to go the ballot box on Saturday.
Polling overwhelmingly suggests Labor's Arden will be elected to another term in office, with voters widely supportive of her response to the COVID-19 pandemic.