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Diabetic youth a concern

RONALDO RICHARDS (left) receiving his first-place trophy from Esme Yearwood. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay.) Winners of the Diabetes Poetry Competition, Gordon Greenidge Primary, showing off their trophies. CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER Dr Joy St John (left) and Sagicor marketing manager Roger Spencer (right) with representatives of the victorious St Silas Primary.

Thu, November 15, 2012 - 12:01 AM

OBESITY IN BARBADIAN children has already reached epidemic stages and authorities are looking to get children involved in the fight to stem the rise  in childhood diabetes.

Staff at Maurice Byer Polyclinic, Station Hill,  St Peter, are playing their part to sensitize primary school children to the dangers of chronic diseases. Seven years ago they started a Diabetes Poster/Poetry Competition for seven-  to nine-year-olds at  the 16 primary schools  in the catchment area.

This year it attracted eight schools in the form  of All Saints, St Bernard’s, St Silas, Gordon Greenidge, St Elizabeth, Half Moon Fort, Ignatius Byer and Roland Edwards.

During the awards ceremony at the polyclinic yesterday afternoon, the Ministry of Health’s Chief Public Health Nurse Claudette Casey told participants and other stakeholders that a report prepared by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) showed that 25 per cent  of children in Barbados  were obese.

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