Fact check: Does South Africa have the highest obesity rates in Africa?

Fact check: Does South Africa have the highest obesity rates in Africa?

The Healthy Living Alliance has been making a number of claims about the amount of South Africans who are obese. Briefly.co.za takes a closer look to find out if SA really has the highest obesity rate in sub-Saharan Africa.

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A series of press releases has claimed that South Africa is currently the chunkiest nation in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Healthy Living Alliance has claimed that up to 70% of women and a third of males in the country are currently classified as either overweight or obese.

If you consider the statistics from other nations in sub-Saharan Africa from the World Health Organisation, you will find that, unfortunately, this claim is true. South Africa tops the chart when it comes to overweight adults in the region.

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This news comes just as the Department of Health looks into introducing new regulations to allow for warning labels on food packaging.

Lynn Moeng, chief director of Nutrition for the department, recently launched the Healthy Living Alliance campaign last week:

“This will assist people to know what is in packaged food because most people don’t know what they are eating,”

According to BusinessLive, the Department of Health aims to introduce the new regulations by early 2020.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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