Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Within CARICOM Obesity In Children 5-9 Years Lowest In Saint Lucia

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Saint Lucia has the distinction among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries of having the lowest overweight and obesity prevalence levels in children aged 5-9 years.

But the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has warned that overweight and obesity levels within the age group are increasing.

According to CARPHA,  the prevalence in the 5-9 years age group is highest in the Bahamas at 39.5%.

However the agency disclosed that it is lowest in Saint Lucia at 26.1%.1.

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Nevertheless, CARPHA noted that the prevalence of obesity in Caribbean children is
two to three times higher than the World.

It made the disclosure in a media release on Thursday.

“With the obesity epidemic in children and adolescents, the future seen through the risk factor lens for Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) looks dismal,” CARPHA observed.

The agency said these young persons will be the future working generation.

Bu they will be living with higher rates of NCDs.

CARPHA recalled its own interventions in schools in Saint Lucia and Grenada, with the support of Ministries of Education, to prevent obesity and diabetes.

However, the agency observed that no single intervention will combat obesity.

CARPHA said Caribbean countries should recommit efforts to fighting childhood obesity.

And it outlined several steps they can take.

They included developing, implementing or enforcing policies aimed at facilitating the consumption of healthy diets.


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