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Parents urged to act as childhood obesity rates climb

Experts urged parents to lead by example and help tackle childhood obesity, on World Obesity Day yesterday.

SA girls more obese than boys, but why?

This World Obesity Day experts warn of an emerging epidemic among our nation’s children. But why is it that girls, especially those living in urban areas, have obesity rates that double their age group’s average?

SA kids in big fat trouble, warns Federation

October 10, 2016
Breastfeeding   Children's Health   Diabetes  

High rates of overweight exist alongside malnutrition and experts predict an ailing future for the nation’s children if urgent action is not taken.

Grannies walk for fun – and good health

October 4, 2016
News  

Every year thousands of senior citizens in the Thohoyandou area come together to participate in the King Toni Mphephu Ramabulana fun walk – a 10km event aimed at promoting exercise.

Super-size South Africa: the role of the supermarket

Does the expansion of supermarkets across the country have anything to do with our expanding waist-lines?

Breastfeeding’s protections last into old age

Recent research suggests that breast milk can protect newborns from developing obesity and diabetes later in life.

The battle over ‘healthy’ food

September 12, 2016
Obesity  

There is a huge global battle – often covert – over what constitutes healthy food. But civil society organisations in countries like Mexico are taking on the propaganda of ‘Big Food’ – and winning.