Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is one of the leading causes of death in South Africa. While a healthy diet seems inaccessible for many, doctors recommend this simple change to everyday eating.
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.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation has urged South Africans to check their blood pressure readings and follow a healthy diet – but poverty and the high food prices put a healthy diet out of reach of many people in the country.