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Understanding the Situation

There has been an exponential rise in obesity and diet-related non-communicable disease rates (NCDs) in the Caribbean over the last five decades. More than 60% of Caribbean adults are overweight or obese; more alarmingly, between 20-35% of adolescents are overweight or obese. Children who are overweight are significantly more likely to be overweight or obese in adulthood, and have much greater life-time physical and mental health problems. Risk factors for hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases have already started to emerge in Caribbean children. More than half the adult population in some CMS suffers from metabolic syndrome – the presence of at least three of the four major risk factors for cardiovascular diseases and diabetes: raised blood pressure, insulin resistance, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels. Obesity is estimated to shorten lifespan by nine years, and the last nine years on average will be of poor quality.

Where will your money go:

Funds donated to the CARPHA Foundation, will assist in the implementation of the 6-point policy package.

About Us

The mission of the CARPHA Foundation is “To mobilise financial and non-financial resources to support CARPHA in its public health mission of preventing disease, promoting and protecting health, and conducting educational, public health and social welfare activities.”

Contact Info

16-18 Jamaica Blvd,
Port of Spain,
Trinidad and Tobago

+1 868 299 0895

carphafoundation@carpha.org