World Obesity Day October 2016: Ending Childhood Obesity

by HCC

Sugar Infographic Fighting ObesityHCC Celebrates World Obesity Day with the launch of our infographic on the sugar content of popular sugar sweetened beverages in the Caribbean.

The consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) is one of the major contributors to the obesity epidemic among adults and children. In the Caribbean on average data shows that 1 in 3 children is overweight or obese. The sugar content of one serving of most popular carbonated beverages and juices far exceeds the entire daily maximum sugar intake for adults and children as recommended by the WHO and the American Heart Association (AHA).

Sugar in the CaribbeanGet the country specific infographic packages here.

Professor Sir Trevor Hassell Fighting Childhood Obesity

President of the HCC and Chairman of the Commission on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases Professor Sir Trevor Hassell (Picture by Heather-Lynn Evanson)

The HCC President is also the Chair of the Barbados National NCD Commission. He was recently invited by the Barbados Workers Union to speak to young people about childhood obesity. See his remarks here where he discusses unhealthy school environments and calls for urgent change if we are to reverse the trends in increased weights among children and adolescents. You can also tramadol online overnight shipping find media coverage here.

WHO Global Consultation on the Implementation Plan for the Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity – Add your voice

The Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly, requested the Director-General to develop, in consultation with Member States and relevant stakeholders, an implementation plan guiding further action on the recommendations included in the Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. This is to be submitted, through the Executive Board at its 140th session, for consideration by the Seventieth World Health Assembly. The Draft Implementation Plan is now open for consultation. The deadline for feedback is October 12, 2016.

For regional related regional resources, have a look at the PAHO Plan of Action for the Prevention of Obesity in Children and Adolescents and the CARPHA Plan of Action for Promoting Healthy Weights in the Caribbean: Prevention and Control of Childhood Obesity (2014 – 2019)

Junk food shortening lives of children worldwide, data shows – Obesity, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure at unprecedented levels due to spread of fast food and sugary drinks. Read more

HCC will be preparing country specific infographics to use in your local advocacy efforts.