NORTHERN CAPE – Nine-year old Tshepi* weighs 68,9kg and wears size 42 clothes. Her parents, concerned that she has also already started getting her periods, are worried that if she continues to gain weight she will not be able to enjoy her childhood.
South Africans are getting fatter every year. Is it because we lack self-control or is it because big food companies are ruthlessly targeting this country? Kerry Cullinan, Amy Green and Pontsho Pilane report.
The pandemic of obesity in South Africa is a result of our ‘Americanised’ food environment
and the responsibility should be shifted from individuals to government policies, according
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi argues that the political leadership shown by newly elected president Cyril Ramaphosa is a powerful tool in the fight against a growing “explosion” of lifestyle diseases, writes HEALTH-E’s Amy Green.