Asanda Matlhare
Intern Journalist
2 minute read
6 Mar 2021
8:03 am

Sugar tax playing a role in reducing SA’s obesity rate

Asanda Matlhare

The disease most prevalent in South Africa out of all sub-Saharan countries.

Obesity rates in South Africa are the highest in sub-Saharan Africa and are continuing to increase rapidly, with almost 40% of women and 11% of men obese, while 69% of women and 39% of men are overweight . This week, Obesity Day was observed to promote healthy eating, which is not always easy in a country with high poverty and unemployment. Recognised as a disease, obesity is a condition which increases the likelihood of developing a wide range of noncommunicable diseases. It also increases the likelihood of infectious diseases leading to serious consequences. Lawrence Mbalati, head of the Healthy Living...