Increasing wealth brings increasing obesity to Africa

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As Africa's middle classes continue to grow, more and more people are developing diseases usually associated with Western lifestyles, such as obesity. Experts predict that within a few years, over a third of Africans will be overweight. But most Africans still don't consider being fat a health risk. 

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