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Poor showing at child obesity graduation


Amid heightened concerns among some Barbadians about the increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and reports of related sudden deaths, few children and parents turned up for an NCD prevention class graduation yesterday.


Following a five-week Barbados Childhood Obesity Prevention training programme, involving primary schools across Barbados, only seven children, and four parents or guardians turned up at the Collymore Rock Nazarene Church for the final pep talk and certification ceremony.



Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kenneth George, the evening’s featured speaker, expressed surprise at the low turnout.

“I was taken aback at the level … it shows that we have a lot more work to do.

“The concept of the programme is to make sure children get the fundamentals of good nutrition.

“However we need to try to reach out more to more principals and more parents.



“It is Saturday afternoon, school is out, I imagine people feel they have better things to do.”

7 Responses to Poor showing at child obesity graduation

  1. Joan Wickham
    Joan Wickham July 10, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    how many obese children do you ppl see walking around b’dos, stop pushing BS, down ppls throat, to make a point

    • Coralita July 10, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      If you cannot see therm, you have to be blind or in denial.

      The statistics shared with the public does show an unacceptable rise in obese children and too many who are presenting with NCDs. Stay in your cocoon or keep you head buried in the sand and see where that takes you. I even see little boys with so much breast on their chests it is unbelievable.

      Those who are in a position to help, please assist the nation’s children and save as many as you can. Don’t take on the naysayers.

  2. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward July 10, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Its facts the report comes from Heart & Stroke Foundation and they is a rise in obesity and diabetes in children in Barbados.

  3. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward July 10, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    This is why I go into schools and do promotions I see for myself.

  4. Shelly Ross
    Shelly Ross July 10, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    The Global School Health Survey released some interesting information earlier this year that showed, that in Barbados:
    31.9% of students were overweight and 14.4% obese.
    18.5% of students surveyed consumed fast food three or more days per week
    73.3 % drank one or more carbonated beverages every day.
    Only 12.7% reported eating five or more servings of fruit and vegetables per day over a 30-day period,
    15 % reported eating no fruit or vegetables during the same period.
    Additionally, the survey found that only 28% of Barbadian children met that criterion, of 60 minutes of exercise for children a day. More than 70% were considered physically inactive

    • Joan Wickham
      Joan Wickham July 11, 2016 at 7:28 am

      ou have eyes, do you see obese children in b’dos, forget the data, use our brain

  5. Sue Donym July 10, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Apparently BT couldn’t be bothered to caption any of the pictures or get the name of the person presenting the certificates (Dr. Leslie Rollock).
    This might have been a good opportunity for BT as a news/communication outlet, to educate us as to how the programme sought to achieve its objectives, the duration, how many schools were involved, any key facts/findings from the featured speaker. Fat chance!


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