New diet problems for Kenya

The past few years have seen a variety of lifestyle diseases spring up in Kenya, with experts blaming western diets and indolent lifestyles for the emerging trends. Some areas of Kenya are blighted by malnutrition and hunger, whilst in others obesity and diabetes are common.
The healthcare system in Kenya is not designed to deal with lifestyle diseases, and is instead set up to battle malnutrition and communicable diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS.
Cancer expert and principal researcher for Kenya Medical Research Institute, Dr. Mutuma, reportedly commented: “We are having a tsunami, and our tsunami now is non-communicable diseases, the diseases which actually we get because of what we eat, because we have changed our diet from the traditional African food to a Western-type of food, the fast foods .”

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