The tax on sugar-sweetened beverages is not a silver bullet but it could cut the health bill and add to government coffers.
There are almost two and a half times more overweight people than undernourished, with almost 30% of the global population weighing too much.
A funding scandal about obesity highlights the tightrope that cash-starved researchers must walk.
Some experts say carbohydrates should be treated like drugs or alcohol, but the science isn’t clear-cut.
Insulin resistance is caused by the body adjusting to the presence of too much insulin over extended periods and is one of the causes of obesity.
Researchers have identified some of the reasons obese women struggle to conceive, and warn that their babies are likely to become overweight.
But life is running out if you are a couch potato, whether deep-fried or even oven-baked.
Women who lose weight after surgery – as opposed to through exercise and diet – are less likely to be employed because of negative perceptions.
Santie Pretorius details her weight loss journey, which included surgery, in a new book.
South Africa has one of the fastest-growing diabetes epidemics in the world. But HIV and Aids are reported more truthfully nowadays.
While Cape Town and Johannesburg are two of SA's healthiest cities, Bloemfontein and Pretoria fall short, according to a study.
Replacement therapy for menopause symptoms is considered safe – if the breast cancer risk is addressed.
There is a simple way to combat chronic lifestyle diseases, and that is to eat properly and exercise.
Hundreds of thousands of obese South Africans stand to trim their excess kilos should a 20% tax on suger-sweetened beverages be instituted.
Scientists believe the brain is key to treating weight problems, and are closing in on answers.
Seven out of 10 women and four out of 10 men in SA have significantly more body fat than what is deemed healthy, shows a groundbreaking new study.
A new assessment of the evidence suggests putting on weight increases one's risk of the disease.
Does SA’s economy need a spoonful of medicine to make our sugar intake go down?
Its proponents say sugar isn't responsible for rising levels of obesity, but scientific studies show it plays a key part in over-eating.