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Health experts concerned over rising obesity cases

28 January 2014, 15:49

Nairobi - Kenya should declare obesity a national disaster, health experts warned amid revelations that about half of the country's population is overweight.

Kenya has an estimated population of slightly more than 44 million.

Health experts have expressed fears that the number of overweight people could double in the next five years.

The professionals thus called on the government to declare obesity a national disaster since the situation was responsible for the prevalence of diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and other heart related complications.

“Obesity is not just a risk factor; obesity is a disease that leads to different complications. Complications of the disease are diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma among other complications,” said an expert from the Health Department who requested anonymity.

The health expert attributed the increase in the cases of obesity to unhealthy lifestyles and diet.

The majority of citizens, especially those living in urban areas, have a special liking to junk foods sold in many fast food joints that have mushroomed in the city.

The limited time that most of the working class people have for lunch breaks makes junk foods the most ideal and convenient for the group.

In recent days, the issue of obesity has been a key concern and a major area of media coverage with certain local televisions airing programmes in an effort to make locals aware of the issue.

– CAJ News


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