Published On: Mon, Jan 29th, 2018

Research: 65 percent of Curaçaoans are overweight or obese

Suzy-Romer-CameliaWILLEMSTAD - No less than 65 percent of Curaçaoans are overweight or obese. This is evident from the National Health Survey 2017 published by the Public Health Institute Curaςao, which was published last week.

It also concluded that people eat too little fruit and vegetables; on the other hand, too much soft drinks and fast food are consumed. 2645 adults participated in the survey. Contrary to the fact that almost a third of the population is too fat, 75 percent judge their own health as good to very good, 20 percent as moderate and 5 percent as bad to very bad. The researchers also looked at smoking behavior, alcohol and drug use.

In comparison with the Netherlands, there is less smoking here and alcohol consumption and abuse are much less common. That is different with overweight and obesity; that percentage is much higher in Curaςao. The report, which also looked at chronic diseases, was presented to the Minister of Public Health Suzanne Camelia-Römer to be included in the government’s national policy on public health.

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