Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Sweet Surrender: More Concern Over Saint Lucia’s Love Affair With Sugar

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Days after Consumer Affairs Minister Emma Hippolyte declared that Saint Lucians are consuming too much sugar, the President of the Saint Lucia Diabetes & Hypertension Association echoed the same sentiments.

“I agree with that statement,” Sylvestre Phillip said Thursday regarding Hippolyte’s remarks.

“Just a couple of weeks ago there was no sugar and everybody was complaining bitterly,” Phillip recalled.

In addition, he noted that as a teacher, he observed that children bought a lot of sugary items including sodas and sugar cakes.

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The President of the Diabetes & Hypertension Association explained that this country has a diabetes problem and the number of affected people is not decreasing ‘appreciably’.

According to Phillip, the use of sugar is an attitudinal problem engrained in people’s psyche.

Phillip said his association is currently running a programme for between 100 and 150 diabetic students from learning institutions throughout Saint Lucia.

He disclosed that the programme includes instructions regarding diet.

And in terms of adults, Phillip told St Lucia Times that his association has not seen any stability in the situation with diabetes.

“We still continue to have adults getting their legs amputated,” he lamented.

“The numbers have not gone down appreciably to say ‘Yes we are getting somewhere’. We aren’t getting anywhere yet,” Phillip declared.

He also noted that several individuals with diabetes require dialysis treatment.

In this regard, he said he did not know how much longer the number of people requiring such treatment can be sustained.

To address the problem of high sugar intake, the Diabetes & Hypertension Association President suggested educating children in the classroom.

“Begin instruction in schools and maybe the children can sell the idea to their parents who may already be hardened in their way of thinking,” Phillip stated.

And he was not averse to the idea of the government introducing heavy taxes on sugary foods and using the revenue to support health programmes.


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  1. Jay and Trevor I quite agree with you on the suggestions. However I’m flabbergasted at the messanger in this article. Sylvester Philip is a known SLP operative and an a former educator for about 45 years. The diabetic issues that we face today existed in his teaching and principal career. What did he do at the school level and by extension education level to help curb this issue. He sold soft drinks and all sugar products at his school to make money. Today he wants to agree with Emma, which everyone expected him too. What a bunch of sorry ass excuses that graced our education system. While he is talking about sugar, he is by the market gobbling down beers.

  2. Deflection .. no sugar in the country other Caribbean countries have abundance of sugar … Govt come up with this shit and the dumbass iQ 62 people start echoing it .. pure deflection … real fool fool people

  3. Since the article mentioned the idea of educating children in the classroom about the matter of high intake of sugar, then perhaps schools can consider addressing the issue early in September around the time of Caribbean Wellness Day (second Saturday of September).

  4. Given the health challenges caused by using too much sugar on a regular basis, and given the habit of many individuals to have sugary drinks two and three times a day, there needs to be more public education on the dangers of overconsumption of sugar.

    • Since the article mentioned that the matter of the high sugar intake should be addressed in schools, I am suggesting that early in September is a good time to begin that thrust, especially since Caribbean Wellness Day is observed on the second Saturday of September. Schools can plan to have health education programmes or activities (school level or class level, and also through the PTA) around the time of Caribbean Wellness Day.

  5. Living with an alcoholic I know how bad this “disease” is, I echo the sentiments, tax alcohol and cigarettes heavily and educate the masses regarding sugar, we grow up used to using sugar, if you stop putting it in your tea it tastes horrible, but after two weeks of doing this your palate changes and you can never go back to using sugar again. I hardly touch the stuff.

  6. Lucian’s just like to make a fus and beat their mouth for every little thing. Sugar shortage, you not gonna die if there is no sugar.

    Use honey. Unless you a business that make pastries etc. Understand there is a shortage and make do without or use honey.

    My god, everything is an argument and a blame game. WTF!

  7. If you want to get to the problem why manufacture the product that you believe is causing the problem. Advertising is an influence to the problem. Why blame the children for purchasing when you are allowing it to be manufactured by giving a license to operate to the very same perpetrators. I’m I missing something?

  8. I will say again sugar is not my problem lack of it is when I was raising my kids I wouldn’t dare not have sugar NEVER ,NEVER NEVER, TODAY these kids all grown up no health issues that I can think of and yes we consumed AAAAAA LOTTA SUGAR now st lucia cannot AFFORD sugar because they cannot afford sugar so sad they saying we don’t need it they talking diabetes listen the ppl who talking shit grew up on sugar and they older than us plus their cupboards not empty sugar inthere while the kids cannot drink their Bush tea these politicking idiots and their family stirring thier cup of tea sloooooooow

  9. sweet surrender lol love affair lol……i love the headline…..but it has now turned into a bitter divorce..

  10. U all need to let people live with the consequences of their choice.

    Many persons require sugar for their businesses for cake making and juices etc. I am so tired of ordering sugar. Can’t be selling cakes and arm and leg and no one wants to pay $70 to eat box cake.

  11. pure nonsense cane sugar is only a CONTRIBUTING factor in diabetes all carbohydrates are broken down to sugars in the body during digestion its about potion control and exercise and moderation and medication if needed.
    how are people who rely on cup cakes, jams and tamarind balls etc to get a dollar to feed their families supposed to make a little money when no sugar in stores is Government going to put food on their tables and pay their bills???? back to school is soon you gonna pay for that ??

    • I agree, truth is, sugar is not the reason for high diabetes in St. Lucia. So government should not use that as a scape goat and tell us why is there a sugar shortage. In every consumed commodity there is sugar in the making process. So if we want to curb diabetes we need to be socially inclined to healthy life styles. More playing fields, indoor sport facilities that are readily and easy to access at any time of day or night. To all the people that say they not using sugar they just talking non sense.

      • Education is the best defense to counteract ignorance. Including health issues in the school curriculum, such as the importance of eliminating or minimising the use of processed sugary foodstuff in one’s diet, from as early as the kindergarten and primary school years will positively impact the nation’s health. .


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