Judith Collins has been blasted as "disrespectful" and "unfair" for saying obesity is "a weakness" that people need to own up to.
Collins said on Tuesday that many Kiwis can do better when it comes to their weight.
"You know what, take some personal responsibility," she told reporters in Wellington.
"We all have to own up to our little weaknesses."
She said people should "not blame systems for personal choices".
The Question of the Day is now closed. Final results:
Do you believe obesity is a choice?
Yes - 77%
No - 23%