Minister hopes TV show will deliver obesity message

| 07/05/2010

(CNS):With well over a third of Cayman’s children now overweight the government has partnered with local non-governmental organisation AMF Partners to air a special television programme about the subject of childhood obesity The Big Hurt will air on Monday and Tuesday on Cayman27. This is the first programme in a two-part series which highlights the rapidly-expanding problem of childhood obesity. Through the eyes of four youngsters, it explores what obese children have to endure, how they struggle on a daily basis and how they are made to feel isolated. The show also offers solutions, and the Health Minister Mark Scotland urged parents to watch with their children.

 “Our country is faced with the reality that more than 27 percent of its children under the age of 6 and almost 38 percent of its students aged between 11 and 14 are classified as overweight. It is time for action,” said Mark Scotland. “The health risks associated with obesity are significant. However, I do believe that we can and should tackle this problem together because everyone deserves to live a healthy life, rich in quality. So do the right thing for you and your family; take this show to heart and start making healthy choices.”
 
The Big Hurt will air Monday, 10 May at 7:30 p.m. on Island24 and again on Tuesday, 11 May at 6:30 p.m. on Cayman27.
 
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