Childhood obesity is slowly becoming a new pandemic
Childhood obesity is reaching epidemic proportions in South Africa
Poverty often plays a role as healthy food tends to be more expensive than junk food
The food industry must be responsible in how it markets to children
There are 340 million obese children in the world, according to the World Health Organization’s obesity report of April 2020.
In South Africa, there is a combined overweight and obesity prevalence of 13.5% in children aged six to 14 years – higher than the 10% global prevalence.
As the childhood rate of obesity climbs, so more and more children are being diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension, and other conditions associated with being overweight.
John Maytham interviewed Haley Cimring, Nutrition Science Team Lead at the Heart Foundation (scroll up to listen).
‘Overweight’ or obesity is defined as an abnormal or excessive fat accumulation…Haley Cimring, Nutrition Science Team Lead - Heart Foundation
The most obvious causes are overeating or under-exercising… but the root causes run much deeper… 40% to 70% of our chance of being obese is due to our genes…Haley Cimring, Nutrition Science Team Lead - Heart Foundation
Poverty in South Africa… healthier foods… are more expensive than energy-dense junk foods…Haley Cimring, Nutrition Science Team Lead - Heart Foundation
The food industry is a vital factor in any potentially successful long-term strategy to prevent obesity… advances in responsible marketing and labelling…Haley Cimring, Nutrition Science Team Lead - Heart Foundation
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