A recent survey showed that sixty-five percent of a representative sample of Saint Lucians aged 18-69 were overweight or obese.
The disclosure came from Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Shana Cyr-Philbert.
Cyr-Philbert also revealed that 37.3%, without a prior diagnosis of hypertension, had raised blood pressure.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), unhealthy diets and a lack of physical activity may show up in people as raised blood pressure, increased blood glucose, elevated blood lipids, and obesity.
The WHO noted that those metabolic risk factors could lead to cardiovascular disease, the leading Non-Communicable Disease in premature deaths.
Dr. Cyr-Philbert observed that for decades, illnesses like cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes have claimed most of the adult lives lost in Saint Lucia.
” Despite our best efforts, non-communicable diseases(NCDs) continue to negatively affect most Saint Lucians,” she lamented.
And she emphasised the need to protect those at risk in a statement that appears below: