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Submitted by Patricio V Marquez on

Indeed, "Africa's McTipping Point" may be a visible reality in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA). But we need to ask what is the health impact and economic and social cost of this reality? In some countries in SSA, changes in dietary patterns are affecting health outcomes in a large portion of the population; for example, South Africa, Ghana, Gabon, Cape Verde, and Senegal have relatively high levels of obesity/overweight, and low levels of underweight in women, as well as high intakes of energy and fat. In several countries, overweight and obesity have reached substantial proportions with levels of 30-50 percent amongst adults and higher in women. Among a sample of recent mothers in 31 SSA countries more women were overweight or obese than underweight. And this nutritional "McTipping" is associated to rapid increase in the relative importance on noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, that place a tremendous economic and social burden in countries as we have seen in countries such as the US that are trying to overcome the legacy of the "McTipping" damage on the population. For more on this health reality in SSA, please see recent report: "The challenge of non-communicable diseases and road traffic injuries in Sub-Saharan Africa : an overview"