Overweight MPs call for healthier food

2014-06-08 14:09

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Cape Town - Bulging MPs have called a halt to fattening foods they are fed in Parliament and have demanded a review of the menus.

According to the Sunday Times, parliamentarians complained this week that on entering parliament they were lean and trim but within a short time the kilos piled on. They blame it on the fatty foods they were being served at meals times.

ANC MP Sheila Sithole said the food had been cause for concern for some time. She cited former ethics committee chairperson Ben Turok as an example and said he reached a stage where he refused to eat in parliament and instead sought his meals elsewhere in a bid to avoid the fat.

She told an induction workshop this week that the food served was a health risk. Parliament’s wellness manager, Buyile Bashe, said he would speak to the catering manager and prioritise changes.

Overweight and obesity rates

Meanwhile, recent reports revealed that the number of obese and overweight people in the developing world nearly quadrupled to almost a billion between 1980 and 2008.

There were now far more obese or overweight adults in the developing world than in richer countries, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) said in a report earlier this year.

The London-based institute said more than a third of all adults around the world - 1.46 billion people - were obese or overweight.

Between 1980 and 2008, the numbers of people affected in the developing world rose from 250 million to 904 million. In the developed world, the figure rose from 321 million to 557 million.

The report said overweight and obesity rates have almost doubled in China and Mexico since 1980, and risen by a third in South Africa.
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