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Kenyans urged to practice healthy eating to curb obesity

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Health experts are sounding a warning that the currently soaring obesity level in the country is taking a huge toll on all efforts to curb non-communicable diseases. 

This warning comes following reports that obesity prevalence has risen to 55% and that 65% of non-communicable diseases are obesity-related.

Speaking at the 5th Annual Obesity Africa Symposium, Dr Vladimir Shchukin, a bariatric surgeon, said that 65% of non-communicable diseases are obesity-related and may rise to epidemic proportions if proper interventions are not taken.

Dr Shchukin the lifestyle disease is said to affect women more due to their eating habits and the poor who have little access to healthy food.

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But amid the gloom statistic experts are upbeat about the scientific progress so far made in finding treatment for those severely affected by obesity.

Dr. Elijah Ogolla is challenging the Kenya population to practice healthy eating and exercising to reduce chances of being obese.

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