Biggest loser? Tongan PM Challenges Pacific Leaders To A Weight-Loss Battle
Unusual initiative aims to galvanise citizens of Pacific nations, which have highest obesity rates in the world
The prime minister of Tonga has urged fellow leaders of Pacific nations to join the fight against obesity, proposing they all participate in a year-long weight loss challenge.
Akilisi Pohiva told the Samoa Observer he was going to propose the competition when the leaders meet at the Pacific Island Forum in Nauru next month.
We should all get together for a weight loss competition for an entire year, so when we meet the following year we will weigh in again and see who has lost the most, he said.
Pohiva pointed to the high rates of childhood obesity in Pacific nations as reason for concern.
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