Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
5 minute read
15 Nov 2021
5:00 am

Sugar: The sour result of sweet

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

More than 5% of calorie intake may lead to obesity

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Obesity is defined as excessive accumulation of fat that leads to health risks such as cardiovascular diseases, musculoskeletal diseases, high blood pressure and diabetes. South Africa has a big fat problem, with our children said to be the third-most obese in the world. Studies say up to 70% of women and a third of men are classified as overweight or obese. In children, one in four girls and one in five boys between the ages of two and 14 are overweight or obese. Additionally, perceptions of weight and weight loss complicate the issue further. We tend to associate weight loss...