A Vanuatu businessman wants the government to consider banning the importing of some food types such as rice and noodles.
Jeannot Sese, who runs a construction company in Luganville, said people were increasingly buying the imported foods and neglecting local fresh produce in the markets.
His comments came as the Vanuatu Department of Health toured the country to promote public awareness of the dangers of non-communicable diseases.
It said a factor was the move to fast foods from takeaways and supermarkets.
Mr Sese said the best long term answer was to pass relevant laws to stop the importation of certain food items, such as rice and noodles.