Tonga's King Tupou VI has told world leaders his Kingdom has made progress on the healthy food front, but still has a long way to go to fight the obesity epidemic affecting Pacific people.
Tonga's King Tupou VI. Photo/ UN Media.
Speaking at the general assembly in New York, the king says the country's fight against lifestyle diseases or NCDs, has been taken up a notch with government regulating pricing for junk versus healthy foods, and it's making a difference.
"Tongan people are eating healthier food and involved in more physical activities," he says.
"We are however not without challenges, for example in the rising obesity rates. The Tongan government is addressing the issue by making unhealthy food choices more expensive and healthier food choices cheaper for the Tongan public."
The King has also welcomed a $2 million USD grant from Norway to help Tonga host the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and is looking forward to hosting the first Pacific meeting of the International Seabed Authority early next year.