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Junk food a major issue @ BFEC- Sasha D.A. Flax

According to statistics, the Virgin Islands has the highest obesity rate per capita among Caribbean youth. While this is a known fact, the Ministry of Health and Social Development continues its advocacy to curb this but many feel that more needs to be done, mainly on the part of parents. Photo: medical News
Sister Islands Coordinator, MS Sasha D.X. Flax, after a visit to the Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC) last Friday September 13, 2019, appealed to the public to eat healthy.
Sister Islands Coordinator, MS Sasha D.X. Flax, after a visit to the Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC) last Friday September 13, 2019, appealed to the public to eat healthy.
The Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC) that Sister Islands Coordinator, MS Sasha D.A. Flax visited on Friday September 13, 2019. Photo: VINO/File
The Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC) that Sister Islands Coordinator, MS Sasha D.A. Flax visited on Friday September 13, 2019. Photo: VINO/File
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- With the need to secure the health of the territory's youth, Sister Islands Coordinator Ms Sasha D.A. Flax has made an urgent call on parents to pay attention to their children's diet.

Statistics have shown that the Virgin Islands has the highest obesity rate per capita among Caribbean youth. While this is a known fact, the Ministry of Health and Social Development continues its advocacy to curb this but many feel that more needs to be done, mainly on the part of parents.

The startling reality of some of the core factors lending to childhood obesity and chronic health issues among the youth population hit home to the Sister Islands Coordinator during a visit to the Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC) last Friday September 13, 2019, which prompted her to make a public appeal on social media.

She said most of the morning was spent at BFEC Primary and Secondary on Virgin Gorda. "I had a great time speaking with the teachers and the students about their school year so far."

However, she added, "I observed many things that I took note of but one thing was a bit disturbing. At the high school break time, almost every student I passed had a slice of pizza or chicken wings in their hands or a sugary soda like a Busta. I didn’t see one student with an apple or a bottle of water."

Ms Flax couldn't resist stopping one of the students to ask why he was eating that sort of food at that particular time of the day. She said she was startled at the response, "He said he didn’t have any breakfast."

Pay attention to children’s eating habits

The Sister Islands Coordinator said out of concern, "Now, I’m not a parent but I’m a concerned member of society. The Virgin Islands that we love and cherish has many social ills that we continue to turn a blind eye on. Childhood Obesity, Diabetes and Hypertension are rampant in our territory and if we don’t make some changes and make them fast things will get worst."

"I know we are all busy, but parents just as you take time to check on your children’s home work, you should be taking time to look into their eating habits. I’m not sure how often they do Physical Education in schools now but you should also get them involved in activities like dance, karate, and sports. Let’s try our best this week to help our children start healthy habits."

It has been said that the school can help change eating habits as well by having a water fill station, not allowing single use bottles and not allowing sugary snacks in the school. There are schools in the VI that already have these rules, according to one person who commented.

21 Responses to “Junk food a major issue @ BFEC- Sasha D.A. Flax”

  • Lily Ann (16/09/2019, 11:10) Like (3) Dislike (19) Reply
    Sis i'll take that plate now, and deal with obesity later
  • asking for a friend (16/09/2019, 11:21) Like (9) Dislike (22) Reply
    She turn food police?
  • Hmmmm. (16/09/2019, 11:33) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Not all about what you eat. Eat and sleep.. No exercising activities..Family genes. Can't put it all on what people eat....I know people that eat plenty of anything they get and they slim like steel.. N people who hardly eat N Fat... It's other factors to consider.
    • No Excuses. (16/09/2019, 13:44) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
      What you are saying is just a myth.

      People tend to miscalculate their consumption.

      There is a simply scientific rule that goes for everyone regardless of genes. If you eat more calories than you burn you will gain weight. If you eat less calories than you burn you will lose weight. So if you are too fat, you eat too much and/or exercise too little.

      It's probably not what anyone likes to hear, but it's the truth.
    • Hmm (16/09/2019, 14:39) Like (6) Dislike (11) Reply
      Slim doesn’t mean healthy | Big Bone doesn’t mean unhealthy. Healthy if healthy. The people who disagreed with this article really have an unhealthy mind.
  • Yes (16/09/2019, 12:50) Like (20) Dislike (10) Reply
    But she over weight too, she eating the same food the children eating
    • lmao (16/09/2019, 19:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ok Ok, I had to laugh cause when I saw her pic the same thought came to my mind LOL ....And you first me with the comment
    • She’s not (17/09/2019, 07:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      @Yes - Sasha is not overweight! Just a bit of weight but long before she was the island Coordinator she’s been running a program called (Live Fit) she’s actually been an inspiration to myself and others. She actually workout. She’s not talking healthy she’s actually on the healthy challenge. But let’s remain focus -this is about our children and their health. Not because your a stripper or was meaning your child should be one (in other terms) Not because you eat all kinda sh** meaning your children should do the same

  • hello (16/09/2019, 12:53) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some times you ask a child what do you want to eat in the morning and they tell you they don't feel like eating is not that they don't have things to eat.
    • Too much choice (17/09/2019, 06:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      That's funny
      My parents never asked me what I wanted for breakfast... they prepared a nutritious meal and called me to eat. It was mandatory and not a discussion. Maybe too much choice is the problem with the way kids are raised today.
  • watching (16/09/2019, 13:03) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    I honestly feel that people will eat what they are mostly exposed to on a daily basis when it’s quick and available to them at a particular time. However there should be a discussion about proper eating habits within the schools as well as proper exercise habits to minimize such things as obesity, and other chronic illnesses that may affect some people within the community.
  • Also... (16/09/2019, 13:17) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm amazed to see vendors outside Althea Scatliffe School. ''There you go kids'' fill yourself up with pure crap (candy floss/sugary sodas/hotdogs). I'm all for a treat every now and again but kids left to their own devices with junk food across the street is asking for trouble. Why can't they sell smoothies or healthier treats? Hotdogs/candyfloss is pure laziness.
  • Hmmm (16/09/2019, 13:18) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    People does be exercising without any discipline. Why try to be health then after your walk or run you end up buy the Bus for fires and chicken.
  • suggestion (16/09/2019, 13:19) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why don’t the schools build cafeterias and implement healthy meals for the children? I don’t understand what the problem is that is preventing this from happening. Things just seem so archaic here sometimes. She mentioned the single use water bottles as well. Make it a school policy then and let the school have recycling bins.
    • Recycling bins? (16/09/2019, 13:46) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
      No. Just let them bring their own reusable bottles.

      We should all ban the small single use plastic water bottles.
      • @ Recycling Bins (16/09/2019, 18:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Why not? Whenever there is a sale at these supermarkets you see loads and loads of single use water bottles being bought. Where do you think they’re ending up? There is no law against these plastic bottles so if children bring them to school then why not have the recycling bins? Cedar school has the bins. Plus if they only bring their reusable water bottles I hope the school has adequate water supply for them to refill when thirsty.
        • Not illegal (16/09/2019, 20:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          The plastic water bottles are not illegal. But they are very harmful. The whole territory, no. The whole world should stop buying them.

          I don’t blame the kids for bringing the bottles to school. Their parents should know better than to buy so much plastic.

          And it does indeed take a bit of planning from the schools to make sure they have enough water.
  • apple pie (16/09/2019, 14:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lord these blogs are crazy
  • Nietzsche (16/09/2019, 23:49) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    does it really matter we all have to die anyways, i will just die happy eating what i love
    • Die happy? (17/09/2019, 06:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Or being alive while suffering from deceased caused by a bad diet?
  • Working our way out of ignorance (17/09/2019, 09:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Blindness Caused by a Junk Food Diet

    03 SEPTEMBER 2019

    ACP (American College of Physicians)
    Annals of Internal Medicine. Read full text if possible, or just google unofficial reports of the case.

    Rhys Harrison; Vicki Warburton, PhD; Andrew Lux, PhD; Denize Atan, PhD
    Article, Author, and Disclosure Information

    Background: Popular media have highlighted the risks for poor cardiovascular health, obesity, and cancer associated with junk food, but poor nutrition can also permanently damage the nervous system, particularly vision.

    Objective: To alert clinicians of the visual complications of a diet restricted to junk food.

    Case Report: A 14-year-old boy presented to his family practitioner with tiredness. He was a “fussy eater” but was otherwise well and took no medications. Tests detected macrocytic anemia and low vitamin B12 level but no antibodies to intrinsic factor or tissue transglutaminase. He was treated with vitamin B12 injections and dietary advice....


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