Caribbean Public Heath Agency (CARPHA) has challenged the region to find solutions to the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. In a message commemorating Caribbean Wellness Day on Saturday September 10, head of CAPHRA Dr. James Hosepedales, put out that challenge to the region.
Hosepedales said “At least one (1) in every five (5) of our children is carrying unhealthy weight and at risk of developing NCDs and other problems later in life. With such conditions prevalent in the region, it is important to find and use solutions that might help with these challenges”.
He added, “Reducing weight-related health issues is a priority for CARPHA, as illustrated in the Plan of Action for Promoting Healthy Weights, which supports measures to effect change at individual and community levels, as well as provide medical, health & family support for the child, affected by overweight/obesity.” Dr. Hosepedales said CARPHA aims to stop and reverse the rise in obesity in children and adolescents in the region by 2025, and is working with Member States to support national implementation to that end.
He said “These actions will ensure that the environment in which our Caribbean children live and learn, are more supportive of physical activity and healthy eating; & that our communities are empowered to embrace healthy living”. These include:
Dr. Hosepedales concluded “So, as we celebrate health and our children, I urge policy makers, communities, and each and every individual to act now. Let us tackle public health concerns, and bring immediate positive benefits to our children’s health. Let us ensure that our children live, learn and play in safe environments, as they are important to our future development.”
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