Universities study reveals true picture of obesity in the Caribbean.
The Canadian University McGill along with the University of the West Indies are in the final stage of completing a four year long project to promote healthy Caribbean diets and the best possible nutrition to reduce obesity.
UWI Professor, Dr. Wayne Ganpat said based on preliminary findings obesity in the Caribbean population is increasing more so among children. Next year August the joint study will be concluded.
The Professor noted that there seems to be a low rate of consumption of vegetables and fruits which is creating avenues for more persons to gain weight. He said the trend is taking a toll on Caribbean governments while threatening the population’s health.
Dr. Ganpat said what the project will do is place emphasis on the need for public education on the usefulness of local crops.
The study is being funded by the Canadian government and piloted in four countries including Guyana.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation has identified some Caribbean countries who have a long history of reliance on exportation of plantation crops for economic development.
The body even pointed out that indeed some countries have paid limited attention to local food production, particularly vegetables and fruits.