VIDEO: How pregnancy, poverty and obesity collide

With the highest obesity rates in sub-Saharan Africa and tens of thousands of new diabetes cases diagnosed every month, South Africa is experiencing a health crisis akin to the HIV epidemic.

Lucky Nkosi, a pregnant and obese mother from Alexandra township, is living this crisis on a daily basis. Nkosi is a part of the 70-percent of obese and overweight women in South Africa at risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.

As obesity is a form of malnutrition, it puts pregnant women’s babies at risk of various birth defects, including stunting and early-onset diabetes. The expense associated with healthy foods means making healthier lifestyle choices is entwined with poverty, something that’s a reality for millions of South Africans.

WATCH Lucky’s story below:

This video first appeared on eNCA, Health24 and SABC’s Health Talk.

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