Jamaica Moves To Combat Obesity

Highlighting a Jamaica health and lifestyle survey, which indicates that nearly half of Jamaicans are classified as having low levels of physical activity, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has suggested that this inactivity has led to an epidemic of obesity, and as such, he has launched the 'Jamaica Moves' national campaign to spur Jamaicans to become active.

Using health data to drive home his point, Tufton said many non-communicable diseases are directly related to physical inactivity, noting that between 21 and 25 per cent of breast and colon cancers are directly linked to the lifestyle of a patient. He said 27 per cent of diabetes and 30 per cent of heart diseases are also directly linked to a patient's lifestyle.

Source: Jamaica Gleaner

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