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OBESITY IN KENYA – EAST AFRICA<br />
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July 2012 - Nairobi, Kenya - Magdalena Wanjiru, a fourty six year old Kenyan woman, is being checked and weighed by a nurse at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, the oldest hospital in Kenya.<br />
Magdalena weights 305 pounds and weighs 165 centimetres. She has a BMI of 50.8 and has high blood pressure and others obesity-related diseases. <br />
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Her legs often hurt, but she didn't linked the pain to her weight. Also, she is not aware of “obesity”.<br />
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Every time she needs to go to the hospital to be treated, Magdalena has to travel two hours and a half from where she lived.<br />
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She has 3 children and is a housewife.<br />
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Obesity is fast becoming a serious problem in Africa, and contrary to popular belief, even the poorest are now being affected.<br />
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In spite of rampant poverty in urban areas, access to cheap foods with a high content of fat and sugar is commonplace.