Obesity In Our Children
Reports coming out of The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) last week indicated that 20-25% of children under 19 in Latin America are overweight or obese.
In July,a study done in four Caribbean countries found that 30 per cent of children aged 11 to 13 were overweight or obese. Barbados was not one of these countries, but Senior Medical Officer of Health, here, Dr Kenneth George, said that statistics show that the situation was very similar on the island.
According to him, the most recent survey conducted in 2012 and involving 1,600 secondary school students, revealed that 31.9 per cent of students aged 13 to 15 were overweight, and 14.4 per cent obese.
Countries like Brazil and Panama has already action to get healthier children. Would you go for a ban of sweet drinks and fried foods in school canteens? How long have we heard that vendors would be banned from around schools. Almost every primary school has a vendor with trays of colurful junk for children to buy and eat as early as 8.00am. Are we serious about making our children healthy? Why do parents give children money to buy junk instead of putting something healthy in a lunch pack for them?