Down Syndrome South Africa said people with Down syndrome should be prioritised in the national COVID-19 vaccine rollout. The organisation said people with Down syndrome are more vulnerable to contracting the disease, and have struggled under the pandemic regulations.
Increasing rates of obesity among children should be framed as a critical issue, according to global health experts. Addressing overweight and obesity early on could preventing the development of other noncommunicable diseases.
Obesity is a fast growing disease in South Africa, with one in eight children now living with obesity. Poverty and access to processed foods are worsening this non-communicable disease, say experts.
In rural areas, unhealthy food is cheap and accessible while awareness about the dangers is low. That’s why the Healthy Living Alliance is kicking off a campaign in communities and lobbying government for a sugar tax increase.
Mageu may be an old favourite and sweets may cheer the patient up, but these foods could hinder your loved one’s recovery. Botshabelo District Hospital is concerned about the unhealthy foods families bring for admitted patients. Instead, they advise these healthier alternatives.
Potatoes may be cheaper but the price of ginger and garlic has surged due to home remedies to boos the immune system. The pandemic led to record highs for food prices in 2020, and even as prices dip, South Africans can’t afford it.
Research just released by a South African food company shows that more than 50% of respondents say they gained weight during the Covid-19 lockdown – but it also shows that more people are starting to read food labels properly.
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 nutrition challenges facing South Africa are complex and underpinned by historical and current inequalities, while undernutrition coexists with the rising incidence of obesity and non-communicable diseases, say experts.