17 Nov 2015

American Samoa call to curb junk food

4:14 pm on 17 November 2015

American Samoa's Director of Education says there should be a law that prohibits shops from selling junk food close to schools.

Vaitinasa Dr Salu Hunkin-Finau made the suggestion as the two Samoas try to promote healthier eating habits to reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases.

She says in American Samoa, the only balanced meals that children eat are available at schools through the School Lunch Programme.

But she adds that there is an ingrained addiction for soda, sweet drinks and junk food.

She has suggested that the media show success stories instead of sensationalising incidence rates of obesity.

Vaitinasa has also suggested changing the mentality of sedentary lifestyles being associated with prosperity.