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Dateline: Obesity in Paradise
Obesity in Paradise
SBS  |  September 19, 2017
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American Samoa has one of the highest obesity rates in the world and almost one third of the population has diabetes. This week we investigate this epidemic, and ask how it got so bad? For Tavita, losing weight has become a matter of life and death. Tavita is from Apia, the capital of Samoa, where there is an obesity crisis. A former taxi driver, he would drink two litres of sugary soft drinks each day and regularly eat mutton flaps, a cheap cut of fatty meat imported from New Zealand. Poor eating habits are being passed on from generation to generation causing a multitude of related health problems. Many of these health issues are also prevalent in Australia - WHO data shows almost 70 percent of Australian males are overweight and 58 percent of females are. But in Samoa and American Samoa, these issues are amplified.

American Samoa has one of the highest obesity rates in the world and almost one third of the population has diabetes. This week we investigate this epidemic, and ask how it got so bad? For Tavita, losing weight has become a matter of life and death. Tavita is from Apia, the capital of Samoa, where there is an obesity crisis. A former taxi driver, he would drink two litres of sugary soft drinks each day and regularly eat mutton flaps, a cheap cut of fatty meat imported from New Zealand. Poor eating habits are being passed on from generation to generation causing a multitude of related health problems. Many of these health issues are also prevalent in Australia - WHO data shows almost 70 percent of Australian males are overweight and 58 percent of females are. But in Samoa and American Samoa, these issues are amplified.

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