Yup, I think its the whole lifestyle thing. Sitting all day, eating processed and preserved food, easy to access food, takeaways, eating out and of course the braai which is not just meat and two veg - it's a heap of meat with 3 different starches (potato salad, corn on the cob and garlic bread) and of course beer and wine, lol!
I think the braai concept plays a big role, not the only role, but a big one. All that red meat and beers.....but that said, I rarely drink anything. And when I do, I'm a one glass girl and I generally have chicken on the braai.....yet Im obese. So, that's why I say its not the only role.
For me personally, and as a South African, its bread and toppings and lack of exercise that work it off. My son has a ton of red meat with tons of beer.....but either the morning of his braai, or the day after, he will cycle 28kms up into the George Outeniqua Mountains. He comes home dripping wet, red faced and doesn't gain any weight from that braai.
En of every winter, my son goes on a minimum eating program with huge amounts of exercise and loses 10kgs in one month. The next month, he introduces tons of rice to his diet and loses a further 5kgs which brings him to goal weight. Sickening, but true.
For him its serious business and has proven that this system works for him.
I will NOT run emotionally from compliments and hide in fat layers for protection.
As much as the BBQ meat and the pap, and the high sugar content of sauces and the sugar added to cooking veg - don't you think it's the Coke and the Beers and the Brandy and so on?
Thinking about rural people of SA - they have to walk everywhere but there's definitely something wrong with the diet with all that starch!!! However, there is the cultural thing here that size = wealth
All I can say is - we are focussed on good healthy choices and moving our bodies so we'll get there in the end :D
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Okay, so recent reports are saying that SA is climbing the rankings in the world for most obese. Obviously the USA is still at the top of the heap, but it seems that South Africa is catching up.
Why do you think this is? I know that when I first moved here the braai culture definitely led me to pack on some extra kilos, as did the lack of walking in joburg (safety is paramount, but i miss my walking cities). Any ideas? Is it just lack of education and the growth of fast food?
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