South Africa has the highest obesity rate in sub-Saharan Africa and there are five culprits that are compounding the weighty issue …

In 2011, pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline pronounced South Africa as the “the third-fattest nation in the world”. In 2013, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington released the results of a Lancet study focusing on 188 countries. It revealed that 70% of women in South Africa are overweight and 42% are obese.

Obesity can be genetic or lifestyle induced through overeating, a diet high in simple carbohydrates, frequency of eating, slow metabolism, physical inactivity and medications, but the biggest cause is the consumption of fast foods. These five fast foods contribute to South Africa’s high obesity rate:

  1. Burger

Burgers have a high-calorie content and will definitely cause your waistline to expand.

  1. Smoothies

You might think that drinking smoothies is good for their health, but fitness smoothies contain a lot of whey protein that will pack on the kilos if you don’t exercise.

  1. Fries

French fries are super-delicious, but they contain a lot of saturated fat that causes not only weight gain, but diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

  1. Fried chicken

Fried chicken is also high in fat and calories.

  1. Pizza

Pizzas are made from a base of refined high GI flour that spikes your blood sugar and promotes fat storage. The oil and cheese toppings are also loaded with saturated fat.

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