Africans Mindset- overweight is culturally associated with good living


BY: Justice K. ANiah Baba

The perception in my dear country Ghana on “Overweight” is culturally associated with good living.

The prevalence of obesity is on the increase among all age groups.  Some people buy locally made herbal products in the markets to apply in order to grow big or fat especially women and children.  According to a report, obesity has risen from 14 percent to over 30 percent over the past century.

There is a silent epidemic sweeping through Africa and it’s worse than HIV. Out of the 20 fastest-rising countries with obesity, nearly half of them are in Africa. The health burden on the continent is rising. In the past, Africa has often been portrayed as a starving and hungry continent that seems to be changing rapidly. Obesity is now becoming a huge health challenge especially among the low and middle-class in Africa’s urban cities. Eight out of the 20 fastest-rising countries with adult obesity are found in Africa.

 

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The World Health Organization describes obesity or overweight as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to human health.

However,  in my dear country Ghana,  we do not have much data but when you cursory walk in our markets you will notices how dire the situation is,  particularly overweight is culturally associated with good living that is the perceptions of Africans particularly Ghana.

This perception is what killing some Ghanaians gradually. This means that so far as one is growing big or fat it meant he or she is getting richer our perception concludes sometimes. Obesity increases the risk for stroke by severally distinct according to doctors reports. To be continued.

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