Obese is a South African problem

Follow this chart and live happily thereafter.

Its chest in and stomach out. Disgusting…

This is a worrying trend because we eat junk food, don’t go to gym (even if not regularly) or we end up at Chisa-nyamas on weekends to show off our wealth’s, etc…

No problem with that but do we consider what our bodies consume? Me thinks not.

And the kids are following what the parents or aunts are doing: eating and drinking sweet stuff.

According to the latest South African Demographic and Health Survey conducted in 2016, it has revealed that 68% of South African women, 31% of men, and 13% of children are overweight. It also says that four in 10 people are considered obese, and one in five women qualify as severely obese.

The National Obesity Week takes place between 15 and 19 October, and is a government-backed initiative to raise awareness among South Africans of the health risks associated with being overweight.

It aims to encourage South Africans to take more responsibility for their health and well-being.

The Cambridge Weight Plan, a weight-loss programme developed in the United Kingdom, will be launching in South Africa during National Obesity Week to help combat the country’s growing obesity epidemic.

Obesity is a condition where a person has too much body fat and it might have a negative effect on their health.

If your Body Mass Index is between 25 and 29.9, you are considered to be overweight, whereas if it falls above that you are considered to be obese. While obesity is seen as a sign of wealth and prosperity by some South Africans, the reality is that it’s life-threatening. It’s one of the leading causes of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, strokes, and cancer.

The rise in the country’s obesity rates has been attributed to several factors, including the increasing urbanisation of our population, higher levels of disposable income that’s spent on unhealthy food and alcohol, fast-paced lifestyles, and increased inactivity.

The plan offers scientifically-developed weight-loss programmes that helps men and women do what they need to do to regain control over their weight through healthy eating, exercise, and support.

The options that the Cambridge Weight Plan offers are many and varied.

Participants are paired with their own consultant, who helps them determine which programme will suit their lifestyles best.

They can opt for a Total Diet Replacement, which replaces every meal with specially-developed meals, or choose instead to go with a programme that includes healthy eating alongside meal replacements.

Their easy-to-use programme offers a step-by-step guide to the weight loss experience. As of next week, with the help of a consultant, South Africans will have the opportunity to take the right step to begin their weight-loss journey.

One of their success stories is from Deborah Prime who said the following “I would describe my journey as straightforward and simple. The programme and steps are so easy to follow. The support from my consultant was extremely important in my weight-loss journey. She kept me motivated the whole time and is still a great support to me now.”

To celebrate the arrival of the programme in South Africa, Cambridge Weight Plan will be giving away a 7-day free trial to the first 10 clients to sign up at their Parktown Centre during National Obesity week from the 15th to the 19th October.

Watch their Facebook page or visit their website for details.

Additional reporting by Karabo Moloi, reporter SLM.


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