South Africa has been listed amongst countries that have a high obesity growth rate. According to statistics 1-in-4 people are obese which means these people are more likely to suffer from ‘non-communicable’ diseases. Non-communicable diseases are non-infectious and non-transmissible. They are chronic diseases which last for long periods of time and progress slowly. These are diseases like diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancers.
What is more alarming is that this also affects our children. Our children no longer run around and play in parks like they used to. Instead our children are glued in front of television sets for hours with a bowl of chips and a soft drink within reach.
Entertainment SA attended the launch of the GoodLifeNetwork channel which airs on DSTV, channel 199. Minister of health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi took time to address the public about this growing concern. The minister has urged South Africans to look into the types of food we give to our children. We are also asked to look at our diet and try to minimize our salt and sugar intake. Adding more fresh fruit and vegetables to ones diet is the best gift you can give yourself: Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi.
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