Los Angeles Times

In Africa, prosperity invites obesity

LUSAKA, Zambia - The advertisements for junk food are everywhere.

"Plenty for the price of one," says a billboard for supersize sodas looming over a major highway.

"Bigger pieces," says a poster for a "Pride Bucket" of drumsticks.

Colonel Sanders, the KFC icon, is a familiar face in malls.

But this is not the United States. It's Lusaka, the teeming capital of Zambia.

To many residents, the rise of processed food here is a sign of economic progress in a region that has long struggled against poverty and hunger. But First World changes have come with a First World problem: obesity.

In Zambia - as across much of Africa - people are getting fatter.

A World Health Organization survey last year found that 15.3 percent of

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times11 min readFood & Wine
The Official Candy Bar Power Rankings
It's June, which means that we have the longest day of the year to look forward to this month. And after that, it's all downhill until we descend into complete darkness. You may occasionally wonder, what's it all for? Is it possible to truly attain i
Los Angeles Times3 min read
Travel Dilemmas: Fliers Should Pack Patience
You won't have a lot of wiggle room. Plan on being packed in like sardines on aircraft this summer, particularly if you're in coach. The number of fliers this summer is projected to be 3.4% greater than last summer, said Tom Spagnola, senior vice pre
Los Angeles Times6 min readSociety
12 Million Pills And 700 Deaths: How A Few Pill Mills Helped Fan The US Opioid Inferno
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Soon after he took over as medical director of the Urgent Care & Surgery Center in eastern Tennessee in 2012, Dr. Marc Valley realized he was supervising illegal drug dealers in lab coats. Platoons of patients socialized in the par