Background

About the Forum

The Pacific region is currently facing a health crisis that is directly linked to agriculture, food and nutrition. Obesity rates within PICs are among the highest in the world – regularly over 60% in some islands – which has in turn led to a corresponding increase in the rate of late onset Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, morbidity and mortality. Subsequently, PICs have the greatest number of Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) lost to overweight and obesity among all developing countries.