World Obesity Live: Obesity & Cancer | World Obesity Federation

World Obesity Live: Obesity & Cancer

Mar 18, 2021

Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), including obesity and cancer, are a significant public health concern in the Caribbean, as in many other developing countries, and are associated with a high prevalence of mortality and morbidity.

The existing evidence amplifies that NCDs are a risk factor for becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 and with people living with obesity at seven times greater odds of developing severe forms of COVID-19. Equally, the pandemic has exposed the complexity of obesity and cancer in Belize and the Caribbean region, with concerns over the delays in diagnosis and treatment of patients. This webinar is an opportunity to raise awareness and to understand how patients are affected by the current pandemic. The strategies to overcome the most common obstacles to patient care will be discussed.

Date and time

  • Date: Thursday 18th March 2021
  • Time: 15:00-16:30 GMT (UK Time) / 9:00-10:30 Belize Time/ 11:00-12:30 Barbados Time
  • The aim of this session is to raise the awareness of obesity and obesogenic environments as a serious public health concern and a significant threat to the development of the Caribbean region.
  • To increase public knowledge about the causes and consequences of obesity.
  • To develop an understanding of obesity and its link to food security in the Caribbean especially in the Covid-19 era.
  • To share Obesity Policy recommendations for the Caribbean region.

Chair: Maisha Hutton, Executive Director, Healthy Caribbean Coalition, Barbados


  • Prof. Alafia Samuels, Honorary Professor, Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR), The University of the West Indies, Jamaica
  • David Neilands, Former British Foreign Service Officer and Advertising Executive, NCD Commission, The Task Force for Built Heritage, The Barbados Sugar Industries Ltd, Barbados
  • Marc Gunter, Head of the Nutrition and Metabolism Branch, International Agency for Research on Cancer, World Health Organisation, UK
  • Danielle Walwyn, Advocacy Officer & coordinator of Healthy Caribbean Youth, Barbados




15:00 – 15:05

Introductions and welcome

Maisha Hutton


15:05 – 15:15

Obesity causation – risk factors, at risk populations and its link to NCDs and cancer

Marc Gunter

15:15 – 15:25

Obesity a growing public health concern for the youth in the Caribbean region

Danielle Walwyn

15:25 – 15:35

Combatting obesity through food security interventions

David Neilands

15:35 – 15:45

Obesity policy recommendation for the Caribbean

Prof. Alafia Samuels

15:45 – 16:15

Panel discussion


16:15 – 16:30

Summary and close

Maisha Hutton

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