Studies link obesity and binge eating to adverse life events or trauma, and experts agree that the underlying causes of obesity must be addressed in order to promote health and wellbeing, especially amid a global pandemic, writes Jamaine Krige.
The food industry often conceals the unhealthy products in its processed foods – even manipulating science to fool consumers. Now government is planning to introduce warning signs on food to help us to navigate what we are eating.
What has obesity got to do with climate change? Quite a lot, according to an influential commission, which says the big food companies that make the junk food fuelling our expanding bodies are also destroying our environment– and need to be stopped.
Despite having undergone the amputation of half of her right foot three years ago due to diabetes, Morongwa Tsatsi (65) of Alexandra township still battles to follow the healthy diet required for her condition.
Many South Africans don’t earn enough to afford healthy foods and end up with ‘lifestyle’ diseases like diabetes. Noma-Afrika is a domestic worker whose story illustrates that inequality permeates our diets too.
Buying scientists. Misleading the public. Coca Cola USA is facing a lawsuit for manipulating the public. Meanwhile in South Africa, fizzy drink manufacturers are using all kinds of tactics to stop the proposed tax on sugary drinks.
Obesity in South Africa is increasing by 70% in women and 40% in men – and we need to do something about it. This is according to the Department of Health, which reported the statistics on World Obesity Day this year.