Saturday, July 27, 2013

Why southern Africans are getting bigger

In South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, obesity rates are soaring.  The epidemic is particularly worse with women, but even the men are not any better.  South Africa’s Medical Research Council says 70 per cent of all women above the age of 35 are overweight.
Even with its poverty and hunger, a national survey in Swaziland noted that at least 55 per cent of Swazi women are overweight or obese.  According to Hester Vorster of the Center for Excellence in Nutrition at South Africa’s North-West University, “the problem in Africa is that both under- and over-nutrition are the worst in the world.”

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