A study published by the University of the Witwatersrand last year recommended a 20 percent tax on sugar sweetened beverages. The recommendation was aimed at getting people to simply consume less of sugary drinks and other sweet stuff.
Dr Peter Hill, from Met-S Care and a specialist in Metabolic Syndrome believes that obesity is largely about physiology (insulin dysfunction) and not psychology (lack of will power).
Dr Hill explained Metabolic Syndrome not as a single disease, but a cluster of conditions that includes, among others, increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol and blood fat levels. Metabolic Syndrome is a term that was coined in the late 1990’s, he said.
CapeTalk/702’s Redi Tlhabi asked Dr Hill the reason why he believes that obesity should be treated as a “chronic condition”.
Dr Hill says that people who are obese are usually stigmatised as people who don’t exercise and eat too much but the fact of the matter is that they have metabolic dysfunction, having insulin resistance. He says that medicine can only make a 5% difference while 95% of the change should be self-care.
Listen to the full interview below: