Drowning in Sugar

On World Diabetes Day, South Africans do not have much to celebrate. With 10,000 new diabetes cases diagnosed every month, we are drowning in sugar - one of the most accessible, affordable and addictive of foods. This is Melanie's story of losing her leg to diabetes, narrated by Dr Luvhengo, the Head of Surgery at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital.

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WATCH: World Obesity Day

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South Africa has the highest obesity rate in Sub-Saharan Africa

The rate of obesity in South Africa has increased rapidly. We are considered the most obese and overweight country in Sub-Saharan Africa with almost 70% of women and 39% of men being obese or overweight. Obesity related diseases like diabetes, heart disease and stroke are among the Top 10 causes of death in the country, accounting for almost 43% of deaths.

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1 sugary drink a day increases risk of being overweight

Adults who drink even just one 330ml can of sugary drink a day increase their risk of being overweight by 27%. It’s even worse for children who drink just one sugary drink a day, as this increase their chances of being overweight by as much as 55%. Obesity is linked to life threatening illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers.

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