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Childhood obesity an emerging problem in Montserrat

The Ministry of Health as one of the Ministry’s objectives in the 2011-2012 Operational Plan, is to strengthen the Maternal and Child Health Program through enhanced strategies to address childhood obesity by March, 2012.

This is the word coming from the Ministry as it expresses concern that, “Childhood obesity and overweight is an emerging problem in Montserrat”. In a release on the issue of Childhood Obesity, it says, “Due to the rising prevalence of obesity in children and its many adverse health effects it is being recognized as a serious public health concern.”

To address this problem the Ministry reports that it has begun a programme on January 23 with 66 children seen at Look Out Primary School, and 61 at Brades Primary on January 25. St Augustine Primary School and Lighthouse Academy are yet to consent for the exercise to be conducted at their respective school. 

The statement explains, “Childhood obesity is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child’s health or wellbeing. As methods to determine body fat directly are difficult, the diagnosis of obesity is often based on basic metabolic rate (BMI).”

It further explains, “the first problems to occur in obese children are usually emotional or psychological. Childhood obesity however can also lead to life-threatening conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, sleeping problems, cancer and other disorders. It is the Ministry’s goal to address obesity and detect as early as possible and correct any correctable defects that are present at this stage of your child’s life.”

Ministry of Health, Community Nursing Manager, Violet Brown who issued the release is encouraging recognition and inviting, parents/guardians who are concerned about their child/ children’s weight to contact their District Nurse or make an appointment to see the Nutritionist.

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The Ministry of Health as one of the Ministry’s objectives in the 2011-2012 Operational Plan, is to strengthen the Maternal and Child Health Program through enhanced strategies to address childhood obesity by March, 2012.

This is the word coming from the Ministry as it expresses concern that, “Childhood obesity and overweight is an emerging problem in Montserrat”. In a release on the issue of Childhood Obesity, it says, “Due to the rising prevalence of obesity in children and its many adverse health effects it is being recognized as a serious public health concern.”

To address this problem the Ministry reports that it has begun a programme on January 23 with 66 children seen at Look Out Primary School, and 61 at Brades Primary on January 25. St Augustine Primary School and Lighthouse Academy are yet to consent for the exercise to be conducted at their respective school. 

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The statement explains, “Childhood obesity is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child’s health or wellbeing. As methods to determine body fat directly are difficult, the diagnosis of obesity is often based on basic metabolic rate (BMI).”

It further explains, “the first problems to occur in obese children are usually emotional or psychological. Childhood obesity however can also lead to life-threatening conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, sleeping problems, cancer and other disorders. It is the Ministry’s goal to address obesity and detect as early as possible and correct any correctable defects that are present at this stage of your child’s life.”

Ministry of Health, Community Nursing Manager, Violet Brown who issued the release is encouraging recognition and inviting, parents/guardians who are concerned about their child/ children’s weight to contact their District Nurse or make an appointment to see the Nutritionist.