The Dangers of Sweetened Beverages in the African Diaspora

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Saturday, Jun 12, 2021
from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (UTC)

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“The scientific, medical, and public health communities all agree that the negative effects of sugar-sweetened beverages on weight gain, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers are of great concern. The Ministry of Health recognizes this concern and is in the process of developing a sugar-sweetened beverage policy that will include interventions to reduce the consumption of SSBs in the Federation. Meanwhile, we are encouraging the general public to ‘Rethink Your Drink’ by paying close attention to the sugar content in the drinks you consume by actively reading the nutrition labels and drinking more water.”
Dr Marissa Carty, Non Communicable Diseases Coordinator at the Ministry of Health, St Kitts-Nevis

Across the Caribbean there are major problems with non communicable diseases (NCDs), obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer .These issues were highlighted by Professor Hilary Beckles in his 2013 speech on reparations which recently went viral and can be seen below. Similar health concerns can also be found throughout the African diaspora. From Barbados to the Bahamas various countries are taking radical steps to reduce the damage caused by sweet drinks and unhealthy but popular foods. There is often entrenched opposition from vested local interests and multi national corporations who practice different standards in Africa and the Caribbean than in Europe.

This online talk with Q&A will feature speakers from Lake Health and Wellbeing who will cover the following topics:

  • The challenge of Sweetened Beverages and its links to obesity and NCDs in the Caribbean
  • Barriers to progress: Industry interference
  • Solutions, campaigns and examples of success
  • Question and answer session and educational resources


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