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Teenagers Top Obesity List for Children in Fiji

The statistics were revealed after the Minister for Health and Medi­cal Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqai­nabete opened the Pacific Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) Net­work Program Forum.
20 Feb 2019 10:00
Teenagers Top Obesity List for Children in Fiji
Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete (middle second row)with participants of the Pacific Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) Network Programme Forum at the Novotel in Nadi on February 19, 2019. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

About 8.1 percent of children between the ages of 15 and 17 top the list among chil­dren in Fiji for being overweight, it was revealed during a forum at the Novotel in Nadi yesterday.

This was the statistics revealed by the National Nutrition Survey Draft Report 2019 during the Pa­cific Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) Network Programme Fo­rum.

The statistics were revealed after the Minister for Health and Medi­cal Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqai­nabete opened the Pacific Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) Net­work Program Forum.

Speaking to at least 50 partici­pants from the different Pacific Island countries, Dr Waqainabete said there was a lot of evidence to show children are struggling with obesity.

“There’s a lot of evidence that children who struggle with being overweight and obese when they were young continue to strug­gle with weight issues when they become adults,” Dr Waqainabete said.

“There’s also evidence to suggest that children who are overweight and obese when they are young, struggle with Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD’s) when they are older and their quanlity of life de­teriorates.

“It’s interesting to note that there is a considerable number of our current population that are pass­ing away at about 40 or 50 and even before 60.

The Pacific region is not immune to the prevalence of obe­sity and being overweight but it’s a crisis.”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that worldwide, obesity tripled since 1975 and just for diabetes alone in 1970, the prev­alence was about 2 per cent where now the prevalence sits at about 15 to 20 per cent.

He added in the Pacific, we could prevent the prevalence obesity and improve our people’s quality of life by making the right choices with

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