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WORLD: Globesity

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Magdalene Wanjiru, a 46-year-old Kenyan woman, is being weighed by a nurse at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa on July 12, 2012. Magdalena weighs 305 pounds, is 165 centimeters tall and has a BMI of 50.8. She has high blood pressure and suffers from several morbid obesity-related diseases. Her legs often hurt, but she didn't linked the pain to her weight. Every time Magdalena needs to go to the hospital to be treated, she has to travel two hours and a half from where she lives. Magdalena has 3 children and is a housewife. Although large parts of Africa are plagued with malnutrition, the continent must now also deal with another problem: obesity. Obesity is fast becoming a serious problem in Africa and even the poorest are now being affected. Obesity rates are climbing around the world and they are rising faster in developing countries than in developed ones. Photograph by Bénédicte Desrus