MEP Therese Comodini Cachia made these remarks yesterday when opening a policy debate entitled “Obesity and sugar intake in 2017: Where is the EU Going?”. During this meeting, participants also discussed the priorities of the Maltese Presidency on this aspect.
Comodini Cachia said that obesity and sugar intake were two issues that are heavily connected to diabetes an issue on which she has been strongly advocating as co-chair of the EU Diabetes Working Group in the European Parliament. In a public event held in October 2015 she had called upon the Maltese government to make obesity and diabetes health priorities of the Maltese Presidency arguing that not only does Malta have the worst numbers in both cases, but that addressing obesity can benefit the health of the majority of European citizens. She positively noted that the Malta Presidency will be addressing aspects of obesity.
Comodini Cachia also stated that it is difficult to accept that policy makers often place the biggest responsibility of empowering children in making healthy choices on educators and limited to the school grounds. “Policy makers need to realise that when children leave the school premises they are bombarded with advertising and other factors that bring to nothing the work carried out by educators. This of itself requires a wider vision from policy makers to effectively address obesity and its harm on citizens’ health.”