SA is on the brink of a devastating obesity ‘tsunami’


SA is on the brink of a devastating obesity ‘tsunami’

This epidemic is not slowing down and threatens development at all levels, says health minister


SA is facing a tsunami of non-communicable diseases that is escalating at unprecedented levels and threatening to prematurely obliterate the country’s population, health minister Zweli Mkhize has warned.

With at least six non-communicable diseases (NCDs) appearing among the top 10 causes of death in SA and more than 70% of deaths globally, “this tsunami is not only about the health of our people, but more importantly impacts on development at all levels”, Mkhize told delegates at the NCD research symposium in Somerset on Wednesday.

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