PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
R.Phiri
 
Comments: 4
Article views: 699
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all R.Phiri's badges.
 

SA-3rd fattest country

14 November 2011, 06:55

Tipping the scale: South Africa is the third fattest nation in the world according to a survey conducted by pharmaceuticals giant Glaxo-Smith Klein. South Africa has dragged itself into third place in the table of countries with the highest obesity. America obviously takes the cake, with the Queen coming in at second and Australia down under at four.

 

The survey found that more than half of South Africa’s population are either overweight or obese. A staggering 61% of South Africans fit in to this category. Obesity is measured by the individual’s Body Mass Index (BMI), which is calculated by dividing the person’s weight in kilograms by their height in meters. The medical community considers anyone with a BMI of more than 29.9kg obese.

 

In some cases obesity stems from a person’s genetic make up, but this is no excuse, weight can be managed through a healthy diet and regular exercise, than opting to drastic measures of going under the knife. This survey is surprising, with all the forms of taxations plaguing our country, one would think chances of us being fat are  slim.

 

Perhaps the survey forgot to highlight how fat cat politicians contribute 60% to this rating. Ironically most politicians are SA’s biggest losers and yet simultaneously the biggest gainers; my tax is hard at work adding to their cholesterol levels and waist line. Surely food for thought can’t be fattening, while our government is expected to spend an estimated R400m on party celebrations, families in poverty stricken areas contemplate where their next meal will come from. These are the very same people who voted them into power. Most politicians are greedy cooperate fat cats, so it is not surprising that their own political agendas outweigh the needs of civil society.

 

But let me not turn this into a political debate, to drop the weight and ranking; we need to hunger for knowledge and change in this country. Instead of munching our problems away, to inevitably find ourselves with a five year suspension away from the lap of luxury, to manage our weight.

 

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
4 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
John Stoltz
What competitiveness scorecard?

One of the few remedies for a down grade to junk status, that could counter somewhat the disease called corruption, poor political leadership and bad governance, must be increased competitiveness! Read more...

0 comments 205 views
Submitted by
Andre Smith
Chinese steel production and the ...

China stands as the world's top producer of steel and their recent production spree has not helped the global steel industry. Read more...

0 comments 431 views
South African Customer Service

Blue security, what a joke! The company claims to make us " Feel Safe Again" but that is not the case. Read more...

0 comments 784 views
Submitted by
Nicholas K Mashabela
Objectivity in politics

The recent political climate in RSA shows that south Africans are politically becoming conscious, however I must say that we need to be objective in our analysis of these dynamics. Read more...

0 comments 198 views
Submitted by
Leslie Fivaz
Are your dreams and beautiful ide...

The drug opium was imported into Europe from Asia and was widely used in certain literary circles in Britain. Opium was smoked in a pipe and, once under the influence, people had hallucinations that were referred to as pipe dreams. Read more...

0 comments 194 views
Submitted by
Shane Greenhough
Abandon Atheism

Once upon a time I described myself as, among other things, an atheist. The certainty of that stance was one that age and observation have gradually taught me I cannot associate myself with.  Read more...

0 comments 915 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2016 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.