Ill Health and Nutrition
Food Security in South Africa

© Eric Miller
Inside a hospital in Khayelitsha, Western Cape.
When people are food insecure it means they do not have access to enough food (or the right kind of food) to keep their bodies healthy. People who do not have proper nutrition are more susceptible to running into problems like malnutrition and obesity. They are also more vulnerable to disease and infection, especially if they already have a pre-existing condition like HIV/AIDS.

SouthAfrica.co.za delves into the effects of poor eating habits on health as can be seen within the South African context.

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Obesity Sweeping the Globe

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The Urban Malnourished

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Why We're Getting Heavier: The Obesity Pandemic

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Working with HIV Positive People

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