MoH calls out fast food brands for health condition of some sectors of TT

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MoH calls out fast food brands for health condition of some sectors of TT

The Health Minister, Terrence Deyalsingh, says mega food chains and companies have to take some blame for the health condition of some sectors of society.

Speaking at the launch of the U-Health and Wellness Expo at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Port-of-Spain, Deyalsingh lamented what he described as the scourge of hypertension and diabetes facing this country.

“There is not enough work going on there and even if there is enough work going on there, people are addicted to Coke (Coca-Cola) and Pepsi in the same way they are addicted to cocaine. They are addicted to the fats in KFC and Royal Castle, and I am calling brands for the first time in eight years because we need to face the truth,” Deyalsingh said.

“We have to work so much harder because we can’t outspend Dominoes, $774 million US, we can’t outspend Mc Donald’s, $638 million US, we can’t outspend Wendy’s, $538 million and we surely cannot outspend Coca Cola, $4 billion US.

“Coca-Cola’s advertising spend last year is our budgetary allocation for the whole country, but we freely consume their products, know the words I am using, we freely and voluntarily consume that poison then we turn to the free public health system, save me,” he said.

Deyalsingh was adamant that this was something that needed to be addressed frontally adding this was why he was speaking out in such a manner.

He said he was also prepared to face any repercussions.

“I can’t wait for the backlash I am going to get tomorrow (today) but I think it needs to be said,” he said.

Deyalsingh said he wanted his message to be about consuming these products in moderation, as he reminded it was also more about personal responsibility.

“Please remember the central message was to eat and drink these things in moderation. A bit of personal responsibility on behalf of us all, especially parents when it comes to their children’s health,” he explained.