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Thursday, November 30th 2006

Africa Gets Fat

Finally, signs that Africa is catching up with the rest of the world! (H/T Drudge)

“Here, if you lose a lot of weight, people automatically think you have TB or AIDS. It’s not like in America and Europe where you go on a diet to lose weight,” Njobo said.

Although the figures are lower than in affluent countries, many experts fear that health systems already stretched by the AIDS virus, malaria and poverty-related diseases may snap under the additional burden of heart disease, strokes, cancer and diabetes, conditions linked to obesity.

Worldwide, an estimated 1 billion people are overweight, compared to 800 million who are undernourished.

Some 56 percent of South African women are now either obese or overweight, compared to fewer than 10 percent who are underweight. More than 17 percent of adolescents here are overweight _ for teenage girls, it’s 25 percent, according to the Medical Research Council.

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