Obesity is the big health problem in the Turks and Caicos according to the Premier at a recent interview with Magnetic Media on World Health Day and now this position is supported by remarks from the Executive Director of CARPHA, Dr. C. James Hospedales.
During the media conference to announce the first time the Turks and Caicos will host the CARPHA Health and Research Conference this coming June, Dr. Hospedales said a study on obesity, especially among children here, will fuel policies for these islands and other Caribbean countries.
“The focus of the food environment, the policy package for discussion, how feasible is it, how can we actually do this. Monitoring nutritional labeling, reducing the level of salt, and fat, and sugar; reducing the advertising of junk food to children. How do we cross subsidize fruits and vegetables are among the things to be discussed. What are the trade adjustments we can make to have healthier food imported in the country. So this is highly relevant not just in the TCI but in the broader Caribbean.”