NCD-related behavior among youth worries Julius Timothy

Julius Timothy
Julius Timothy

Minister of Health Julius Timothy is expressing concern over non-communicable disease (NCD) related behavior among the youth in Dominica.

Speaking at the launching of Caribbean Wellness Day on Monday morning, Timothy said NCD-related behavior among the youth is on the rise.

“In today’s technologically dominated society, staying healthy while coping with the demands of school or work, is a key challenge for both the youth and adults,” he said. “Global trends indicated that NCD-related behavior is on the rise among young people and that the established patterns of behavior that persist throughout life and are often hard to change.”

According to Timothy, studies and surveys of Dominican youth have revealed that smoking amongst students is more than twice that of adults. Students who smoke, account for 25 percent while adults stand at 10 percent. Additionally, more students are engaged in the use of alcohol than that of adults: 51 percent of adults use alcohol while 53 percent of students use alcohol.

He noted further that students have poor eating habits and low physical activity levels especially among females.

“This situation is of extreme concern to the ministry of Health as it is known that there are three out of four obese adolescents remain obese as adults and that increases the risk of heart disease,  type 2 diabetes, stroke and cancers,” he said.

Timothy warned that adolescents who start to drink before they are 15 years of age are more likely to abuse alcohol as adults than those who start drinking at 19 years or older.

He added that we must encourage the youth to stay healthy for as long as possible.

In the meantime, a school health and nutrition policy aimed at addressing risk factors to NCDs is being produced by the Ministry of Education and health.

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9 Comments

  1. soursop
    September 5, 2013

    Julie go and enjoy your money and leave dat politics alone,lets kip playing our dominoes ok.

  2. September 4, 2013

    Mr Timothy.

    Hello and good morning my people. Hello Mr Timothy you suffered a mild stroke so why don’t you stay home and take care of yourself. Sir we all have one life therefore you should stay home and give another person an opportunity to serve our country and take care of your health.

  3. JAckBlack
    September 3, 2013

    Hey how about instead of just talking do something to curb this problem. How about building proper sporting and recreational facilities in different areas of the island. How about putting more focus on sports and youth development so the youth can be occupied instead of having so much idle time to get involved in drugs.

  4. THAIRY
    September 3, 2013

    we don’t have confidence in the U W P sorry

  5. Marcus Hill
    September 3, 2013

    What about radio ads for fast food targeting school children?

  6. domluv
    September 3, 2013

    With all due respect;mr minister,you say all this to say what?the Most advertised commodity in Dominica is Acohol,next junk food,no education on good hygine as was the case befor,what you expect.It is time to stop the talk that people know already,and take action to improve it.

  7. Pedro
    September 3, 2013

    Mr health Minister. it is not that complicated. We have the handle. Introduce legislature banning alcohol sales to minors.

  8. Faceup
    September 3, 2013

    To the almost former Minister. Sir you must stay home and take care of your health. LABOUR MUST GO !

    • September 3, 2013

      We don’t have confidence in Labour, :-D

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