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Ugandans hit by obesity

23 September 2014, 09:33 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Thousands of Ugandans are suffering from obesity and other related diseases due to overfeeding on pork.

Health experts in Uganda have warned  people against poor feeding habits especially over-eating roasted pork.

Nutritionist expert, Dr Agrey Olam at the same time has advised Ugandans to adopt better feeding habits as a way to maintain their weight and live longer.

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He said, "It is common nowadays to see many men on the streets of Kampala and other towns with big bellies as if they are carrying babies. That is a result of bad eating habits.''

Olam noted that more people are suffering from chronic diseases like diabetics, blood pressure and other heart diseases due to overweight caused by poor eating habits.  

Dr Jackson Mutaka, a specialist in chronic diseases said that it is unfortunate that many people in Kampala eat roasted pork and beer for lunch instead of getting well balanced meals.

''I get shocked whenever I visit places where they sell roasted pork in Kampala. You find a man eating two or three kilogrammes of roasted pork alone accompanied with several bottles of beer. After some time, it is not surprising that such a person gets diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure.''
The chief executive officer of FB Suma herbal food supplements, Godfrey Kayiwa said, ''Most Ugandans eat for the sake of eating and little do they mind about the values of the foods they eat regularly which always affects their lives and hence the continued disease burden among Ugandans.''
Kayiwa urged Ugandans to always use herbal medicines and supplements as they provide natural food additional values for better health.

Almost all drinking joints in Uganda have pork which is usually roasted or fried.

Nyama Choma (roasted goat meat) is also slowly becoming popular in most towns in the country where it has been introduced by Kenyan chefs.

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