Speaking at the commemoration of the 2015 world consumer rights day in Ndola, Musenge said as at July last year, about 10-14 per cent of Zambian women were overweight and obese.
“The levels of obesity, especially among our women, is worrying because the nation does not have the capacity to manage the health and economic risks that come with obesity,’’ he said.
Musenge explained that most people had adopted a culture of eating fast foods which he said were largely responsible for the obesity levels.
“Fast foods have too much sugar that adds to fatty acids in the body, contributing to obesity and eventually lead to heart diseases,” he said.
Musenge said the government was currently spending colossal sums of money on improving nutrition in Zambia, saying concerns of weight and obesity would further strain the already limited resources.
And speaking at the same event, Competition and Consumer Protection commissioner, Andrew Musukwa, said this year’s theme, “Helping consumers choose healthy diets”, would highlight the importance of consuming healthy diets.
He said it was hard for consumers to choose a healthy diet owing to lack of information.
“The marketing practices of large international companies and the lack of information makes it hard for consumers to choose a healthy diet,’’ said Musukwa.
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