(CMC) – Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr. Virginia Asin-Oostburg says studies have revealed that women in the Caribbean have higher rates of obesity in terms of body mass index (BMI) compared to men.
In a message to mark World Obesity Day that was observed Thursday, she said the women also have higher rates of abdominal obesity and are likely to be three times more obese than men.”
The agency says it continues to support member states and other regional organisations in efforts to minimise the impact of obesity in the Caribbean.
These include improving food and nutrition surveillance systems, and the implementation of activities associated with its Childhood Obesity Action Plan.
Under the theme “End Weight Stigma” CARPHA has urged governments, community leaders, healthcare professionals and individuals to work together to create an environment that supports a healthy lifestyle.