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Food choices, lifestyles and South Africa’s weighty problem Evidence from two townships in Cape Town Food choices, lifestyles and South Africa’s weighty problem Evidence from two townships in Cape Town

Dealing with the country’s growing ‘weighty’ problem will require a swift response from government by way of comprehensive policy action. Notwithstanding the growth of the obesity and overweight epidemic, a broader understanding of the food choices that people make and the lifestyles they engage in is lacking. Against this background, this research focused on the link between food choices and Body Mass Index (BMI) in adults and children in the townships of Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain in the Western Cape. The study employed a mixed-methods research methodology, including drawing on the fourth wave of the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS), collecting data using self-administered questionnaires, and conducting focus groups,semi-structured interviews and observations.

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