Make the Caribbean an "engine for change" on childhood obesity

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Children play outdoors at a school in Curaçao. Photo: UNICEF/Roger LeMoyne

The Caribbean can become "an engine for change" in reducing childhood obesity.

That's according to Trevor Hassel, president of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, speaking about the issue at UN Headquarters in New York, during the General Assembly's High Level week.

The Caribbean has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the world, and the coalition has adopted a multi-stakeholder approach designed to galvanize civil society across the region.

Mr Hassel said his coalition was lobbying for higher taxes for unhealthy food; banning sugary drinks in school; and educational initiatives to foster healthier diets.

He spoke to Agnese Pastorino.

Duration: 4’09″

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