11 Jun 2014

Traditional diet to combat American Samoa child obesity

6:38 pm on 11 June 2014

Health experts and researchers have found that one of the best solutions to combating child obesity in American Samoa is to return to a traditional diet.

The Children's Healthy Living Program for Remote Underserved Minority Populations in the Pacific Region is meeting in the territory this week to further look at ways to fight child obesity.

The principal investigator, Rachel Novotny, says there is quick fix to solving one of the biggest threats to children's health.

Dr Novotny says it is looking at policies to help solve the issue, but much of it has to do with changing lifestyles.

"We have found that returning to some of our local foods, our local strengths, our care for the environment, our appreciation for it in activities, not spending excessive amounts of time in front of our screens, particularly for the children to get some healthy habits."

Dr Rachel Novotny, who is looking at ways to fight child obesity.