Children are becoming increasingly overweight on the island nation, as escalating obesity is one of the largest health challenges Mauritius is facing currently.
Mauritius has summoned for the comprehensive assessment of children’s eating behaviors, adding that a survey and a thorough investigation should be conducted to see what children are eating and are going to be eating in the next two decades because of escalating reports of child obesity.
Minister of Health, Lormus Bundhoo expressed that because of the alarming statistics revealing that child obesity is a grave health issue in the country reported by his Ministry, the government wants a crackdown on unhealthy eating habits by youngsters and will work closely with (WHO) World Health Organization to obstruct its effects.
“Strategies to deal with obesity must start at a time when it can be most effective, that is in the formative years of our children who are the future members of society. Our actions should start at schools”, Bundhoo said.
“Developing effective partnerships is the key to this strategy.Together we need to step up our efforts to fight against childhood obesity so that our children can grow up to be active and healthy adults”, he added.
Bundhoo appealed to parents, schools and healthcare professionals to collaborate further and focus on the issue of childhood obesity more, which has emerged as a serious issue over the years, which recent statistics and reports have suggested.