The problem of overweight or obese children in Barbados and the Caribbean has reached epidemic proportions and is threatening the future of the region.
That message was highlighted in a forceful way during a media sensitization programme organised by the Healthy Caribbean Coalition.
It featured medical experts and a representative from corporate Barbados addressing the issue.
One of them was Dr. Kenneth Connell, lecturer in clinical pharmacology at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus and President of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados.
He says one in every three Caribbean children is either overweight or obese, conditions which are linked to chronic non-communicable diseases.
Dr. Connell says nothing less than the children's lives are at stake.
Reinforcing the point is consultant in the department of Pediatrics at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Dr. Anne St. John.
She also says a change in eating habits can remedy the situation.