Over 20 Champions of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Campaign were commissioned yesterday evening.
Programme coordinator Dr Susan Showan told Barbados TODAY at reception yesterday that the champions were selected because of efforts in their community and the different roles they play in their respective organizations.
“They [champions] will be [advising and counselling] us so that we carry the message in an effective manner wherever we go.”
The Global Health Advocacy Incubator and Bloomberg Philanthropy have funded the programme to empower Barbadians to make healthy choices.
“We recognize that there is a UN Declaration against Childhood Obesity and by 2025, [it’s expected that] more than a quarter of the world’s population will be obese because of the current trend,” Showman added.
She disclosed that they will be working with the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Ministry of Education to bring awareness to the issue of childhood obesity.
Dr Showan is appealing to the Government to remove sugar from schools so children can grow to be productive citizens in time. “If we can nip it in the bud at childhood, then we would have made serious inroads into the work that we are aiming to do,” she remarked.
She is also making another appeal to manufacturers to introduce sugar free beverages for children and decrease the current level of sugar content. (KB)