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New chairman of the Barbados Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (BCOP Coalition), Dr Kia Lewis – GP

New chairman of the group combating childhood weight problems within the island stated she is going to proceed the push for a nationwide faculty vitamin coverage.

Dr Kia Lewis was elected to grow to be the second chairman of the Barbados Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (BCOP Coalition) on July 5, changing Suleiman Bulbulia, and stated she needed to create a wholesome faculty setting for the island’s kids.

“As a medical practitioner, I’m confronted with the fact of the unfavorable affect of childhood weight problems and non-communicable illnesses, on the lives of affected people and households,” she stated in a information launch.

“I’m additionally keenly conscious of the huge deleterious results on the inhabitants degree, each socially and financially. The statistics are staggering and disheartening with one in each three kids being both chubby or overweight and eight out of 10 deaths occurring because of non-communicable illnesses yearly.”

Lewis highlighted a just lately launched World Health Organisation (WHO) report on non-communicable illnesses that said Barbados – amongst many different international locations within the Caribbean – had failed to achieve a number of essential well being targets within the combat in opposition to NCDs.

She stated it strengthened the necessity for Barbados and different international locations within the Caribbean to prioritise the well being of their individuals and appealed for the adoption of the entrance of package deal octagonal warning labels on meals objects.

“The Coalition will proceed to advocate for empowerment of our residents via entrance of package deal warning labelling,” she stated.

“A cross sectoral method is required, with authorities, the enterprise sector, civil society, communities, and households being engaged within the combat.

“We will proceed to advocate for the creation of a wholesome and supportive setting for our kids and the broader society, via coverage, training, and empowerment.”

Lewis stated the Coalition hailed the choice of presidency to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks as one of many evidence-based strategies of decreasing consumption of extreme sugars and energy.

“My hope is that as a nation, and as a area, we are able to proceed to work collectively to cut back the scourge of early loss of life and incapacity related to the NCD pandemic and defend essentially the most susceptible members of our society, our kids,” she stated.

Reflecting on his time accountable for the Coalition, Bulbulia described it as “a strong and fulfilling” journey.

“I had the privilege to be part of some essential steps ahead and a few wins, huge and small, regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic, within the combat in opposition to childhood weight problems and the associated NCD,” he stated.



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