SA women battle obesity

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An overweight child wears a sweat-shirt reading the word "Style" on October 9, 2017 in Postdam, eastern Germany.

JOHANNESBURG - With the highest obesity rates in sub-Saharan Africa and tens of thousands of new diabetes cases diagnosed every month, South Africa is experiencing a health crisis akin to the HIV epidemic.

Lucky Nkosi, a pregnant and obese mother from Alexandra township, is living this crisis on a daily basis.

Nkosi is a part of the 70-percent of obese and overweight women in South Africa at risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.

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As obesity is a form of malnutrition, it puts pregnant women’s babies at risk of various birth defects, including stunting and early-onset diabetes.

The expense associated with healthy foods means making healthier lifestyle choices is entwined with poverty, something that's a reality for millions of South Africans.

 

- Produced by Kim Harrisberg for Health-e News.