Editorial: Alarming diabetes trend

POSTED: 10/21/13 12:02 PM

Yes, we all know by now that the diabetes trend is alarming – also in St. Maarten. The question is: what do we do to buck the trend?

So far, we have to depend on organizations like the Diabetes Foundation but – with all respect for their efforts – more needs to be done.

Overweight and obesity is one of the key factors that contribute to this condition. One would think that a responsible government then pays attention to what is happening in the community.

So why allow all these tiki huts – our local roadside greasy spoons – to flourish? We have always found it odd that there are road signs that urge people to eat less meat and less fat, while ten meters further up there is one of these tiki huts or roadside eateries – one even with the illustrious name The Original Fat Boy.

The diabetes trend may be alarming, but what the government allows under the guise that everybody is allowed to make a buck is even more alarming.

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