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Childhood obesity is linked to complications in childhood such as diabetes and hypertension and it tracks into adulthood increasing the risk of developing NCDs (diabetes, cancers, and heart disease).
In 2018 The HCC and their 100+ CARICOM members joined hands with Caribbean citizens to call on our Heads of Government to enact any of the following policies and legislation which have been demonstrated as effective measures to combat childhood overweight and obesity.
Imposition of a tax of not less than 20% on Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSBs) and use tax revenue for NCD prevention and control.
Banning the sale, promotion and marketing of SSBs, and unhealthy foods and beverages in and around schools.
Mandatory physical activity in all primary and secondary schools.
Adoption and application of regional standards for nutritional and front of package labelling of foods and beverages.
Banning the marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to children (includes non-school environments).
Enacting legislation related to The International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.
Heads of Government across the Caribbean recognise the urgency of the epidemic of childhood overweight and obesity.
In 2016 they 'pledged to address issues such as: banning advertisement of potentially harmful foods which specifically target children; and elevating taxes on foods high in sugar, salt and trans-fats’ and in 2017 they 'urged the promotion of Physical Exercise in school-age children’ and 'noted with concern that obesity in children represented the greatest threat to the health of future generations.’
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