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The available studies show that, there is a gradual shift from eating local dishes with abundant unrefined carbohydrate and high fibre foods to highly-refined foods such as polished white rice.

Additionally, the consumption of sugar based drinks has increased. This all adds up to make a high consumption of carbohydrates in Ghana.

Carbohydrates are important for maintenance of health and prevention of diseases. However, if consumed in large amounts, intake of fat, protein and some micronutrients will be compromised. High consumption of carbohydrate in the absence of regular exercise leads to excess energy intake resulting in overweight and obesity. There is a concern that obesity is on the increase in Ghana.

In a study conducted in seven African countries comprising Nigeria, Congo Brazzaville, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Niger and Ghana, Ghana was cited as leading in the obesity league. The Ghana study was conducted among a sample of 5000 adults aged (16 years and above). The results points to obesity as more of an urban than rural problem.

The prevalence was highest in Greater Accra, 16.1% whereas in Upper East and West Region it was almost non-existent. The prevalence of obesity was found to be 5.5% the prevalence is higher among females 7.4% compared to males 2.8%. It was more common among the married than unmarried. Obesity was highest among the employed compared to self-employed or the not working for pay. By ethnicity, obesity was highest among Ga Adangbes, Ewes and Akans 14.6%, 6.6% and 6.0% respectively (5).

In a recent study among 1015 civil servants, the prevalence of obesity was found to be 10% in men and 36% in women (6). According to the GDHS 2008, the proportion of overweight or obese women is 30%, with 9% of women considered to be obese(BMI≥30.0).

Obesity is excessive body fat which further impairs the health of the individual. It is a major risk factor linked to type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke and other heart diseases, sleep disorders, gall bladder diseases, and certain cancer and ultimately death.

WATCH WHAT YOU EAT AND NOTE THAT HEALTH IS BY CHOICE NOT BY CHANCE!

 
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