The Zambia Civil Society Scaling up Nutrition Alliance has warned that overweight and obesity is on the rise in the country.
CSO-SUN Advocacy and Communications Officer Eneyah Phiri said in an interview that a growing number of Zambians are becoming overweight and obese.
Mr Phiri however appealed to Government to give a comprehensive picture of the obesity and overweight situation in Zambia to allow stakeholders to effectively deal with it.
‘What we know is that 23 percent of Zambian women are overweight and obese and that is according to the latest Zambia Demographic Health Survey although this doesn’t give us a holistic perspective, it does give us an idea about the gravity of the situation, Mr Phiri said.
Mr Phiri added, ‘As you may be aware, overweight and obesity means you are more likely to suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes in fact, the World Cancer Research Fund recently published that over 10 cancers have a linkage to overweight and obese.’
He observed that energy imbalance causes overweight and obesity hence the need for Zambians to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
‘What we have observed as CSO-SUN is that those with the means are eating a little too much at restaurants and fast foods and in the comfort of their homes,’ Mr Phiri said.
He added, ‘We recommend that we engage more in exercising and physical activity so that we reduce this imbalance so that we don’t suffer from overweight and obesity and an array of health risks that come with it.’
The CSO-SUN Alliance on Saturday participated in the 17th edition of the MultiChoice Inter-Company Relay (ICR) held at Lusaka Show grounds under theme ‘Run and Walk for your Health towards Peace and Unity’ and distributed information on health and nutrition.