From trolls to stigma: 8 little known struggles overweight people deal with 


A popular local media girl was the subject of debate online this week after her photo in a bathing suit went viral. Trolls took her on for her weight.

They said many nasty things we don’t care to repeat.

This is one of the challenges that overweight people face from day to day. Other challenges include;

Tokeo la picha la overweight trying to fitting clothe

Finding clothes that fit

This is the most common challenge. The advantage of being skinny is that you will never miss something to wear. The ready made clothes are normally of small or medium size hence getting one will become a challenge for bigger people.

Health problems

There are an increasing growing number of health and related risks for obese people. They have a harder time dealing with this so be kind.

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Excessive sweating 

Having excess body fat is considered unhealthy and with it comes challenges such as sweating.

Limits when it comes to work

They have a harder time finding work and may be limited to what they can do. For instance an overweight girl can’t model, despite having the passion for it.

This can kill ones dreams in life because they will feel discriminated against.

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Suicidal thoughts

This can happen especially due to rejection. For instance when such a guy approaches a girl and is rejected, his first thought is if it’s because of his body. This can really hurt someone’s emotions if they never get someone to appreciate and love them as they are.


Studies conducted show that obesity can be one cause of infertility.

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Low self esteem

This happens when people make fun over your weight. Sometimes they tend to do it as a joke which finally turns into killing someone’s esteem.

Social discrimination

Stigma against overweight people happens alot in school settings especially with young children. Children innocently tease not knowing their actions will hurt the other person.

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‘Our Johny Bravo figure is our identity’ woman from Central brags (Audio)

According to a recent study, 50% of women from Central Kenya are overweight, while 30-40% of women from Nyanza are also over weight, hence many lifestyle diseases.

There are various reasons why people add weight and some of them include genetics, unhealthy lifestyle choices  etc.



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During the morning show on Classic 105, Maina Kageni gave his listeners a chance to contribute on the issue and here is what some had to say.

“I work for an international school (name withheld) within Nairobi and all they feed the kids is junk whether for breakfast or lunch, pizza, sausages, cheese you name it.

When I joined the school I was weighing 54 but it was not long before I added to 62, right now I am very mindful of what I eat, it’s not a wonder to find a grade 2 student already obese in this place.”

Another says

“Maina just leave women from Central alone, that Johnny Bravo figure is our identity and we are ok with it. Personally I cannot even go to a tailor to have a dress measured because I am  not proportional.

My waist is 40 and my hips 25, the tailor refused to make a dress for me saying that the dress would look bad and I would spoil business for her.

Even my mattress imeisha upande wa juu pekee yake.”


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She adds

“I do not know about potatoes, cabbage and rice, to other people this are considered carbohydrates but to us this is a balanced meal. Tumejikubali.”

Another caller adds

“This family planning methods make one add weight everywhere,  the hands,stomach, EVERYWHERE.”

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Generous grandparents fueling obesity crisis by giving kids too many sweet treats

It does not matter where you come from but we all know, growing up, grandparents have the habit of spoiling their grand kids with sweet treats every time they spend time together.

But their ‘outdated beliefs’ and generosity with the biscuit tin means youngsters looked after by grandparents are more likely to be obese.

Experts warn that the rising trend of grandparents helping raise their grandchildren could be fueling the obesity crisis, with UK being the one suffering more.

A study of families in Birmingham and Edinburgh found these children were more likely to be given sweets and chocolates and less likely to be taken out to play.

Grandparents were also more likely to give in to children’s demands such as playing on iPads or watching TV.

But parents did not feel in a position to criticise because they were reliant on free childcare, researchers found.

They say grandparents could accompany expectant mothers to midwife appointments, or go along to health visitor checks where they could be given up-to-date advice from health professionals.

Dr Bai Li, of the Institute of Applied Health Research at the University of Birmingham, who led the study, said a quarter of working parents were relying on grandparents. She added: ‘They are doing important work and we are not here to criticise them, but to help them.

‘They want to do what’s best for their grandchildren. We know that children who are mainly cared for by their grandparents are more likely to be obese and consume more snacks.’

NHS figures show about 190,000 – of the half a million plus children who left primary school last year were overweight to some degree.

Of these, more than 22,000 children are severely obese with pupils twice as likely to be dangerously obese at age 11 as when they started in reception aged four.

Working parents who rely on childcare are putting up with ‘constant pressure’ to bottle feed or wean early, which was once the norm but are now known to put youngsters at risk of gaining too much weight.

Grandparents were found to be more ‘lenient’ and often gave sweet treats to be ‘kind’.

They were more likely to rely on screens or TVs to entertain children while carrying out day to day activities like housework, which would not happen in nurseries.


Men can now relax as study shows being obese doesn’t slow a man’s sperm

Being overweight does not slow a man’s sperm, research suggests.

A new study contradicts the theory that having a high BMI reduces male fertility.

After analysing more than 200 men with healthy, overweight and obese BMIs over 10 months, the Nigerian scientists found no significant difference in their sperms’ speed, size or shape.

This comes just weeks after Bath and North East Somerset clinical commissioning group announced they will be denying IVF to women if they have a male partner with a BMI over 30, which is classified as obese.

Official guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) also states that men with a BMI higher than 30 are less likely to father children.

The researchers, from the University of Benin, analysed 206 healthy men whose BMIs ranged from normal, at 18.5-to-25, to obese.

The men, who were aged between 20 and 40, submitted sperm samples that were assessed in a lab for their count, motility and shape, as well as any abnormalities.

They were followed over 10 months.

According to the researchers, the results, published in the International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine, suggest that ‘elevated BMI does not significantly influence semen quality’.

Lead researcher Dr James Osaikhuwuomwan said: “Comparison of semen parameters of the study population with BMI, showed that there was no statistically significant difference in the semen parameters (sperm count, motility and morphology) of the study population with normal and elevated BMI.

“Also, a comparison of semen defects amongst BMI groups of study population noted that there was no statistically significant difference in the semen abnormalities between men with normal and elevated BMI.’

Despite no link being found between a man’s weight and his fertility, Dr Osaikhuwuomwan stills recommends males maintain a healthy size to benefit their overall well-being.

He said: ‘There is no controversy that overweight and obesity have become major health concerns worldwide and the benefits of weight control cannot be over emphasised.

“Male partners of infertile couples with elevated BMI seeking treatment can be reassured that their BMI may not adversely affect their semen quality as well as their quest for conception but overall obesity is discouraged for healthy living.”

Speaking of the findings, Hana Visnova, medical director of the fertility clinic IVF Cube, Prague, who was not involved in the study, said: ‘There’s actually very little evidence to link obesity with sperm quality in men and this warrants further study.

“There are, though, other things to consider when it comes to libido and sex drive.

“A high level of obesity indirectly influences sexual appetite. Obese patients may have high blood presssure and other health issues that may cause erectile dysfunction and libido impairment.”

Dr Allan Pacey, a fertility expert at the University of Sheffield, also recently argued there is ‘no consensus’ on evidence suggesting male infertility is driven by a man’s BMI.

These notions contradict a study released in July last year that suggested sperm counts in the West have declined by 60 per cent in the last 40 years, with the researchers blaming obesity, as well as stress and smoking.

Further research released last September by Indian scientists also suggested a link between obesity and men having a lower sperm quality.

Lead scientists Dr Gottumukkala Ramaraju said: “The health and reproductive performance of spermatozoa in obese men are more likely to be compromised both qualitatively and quantitatively.”


Hiyo Ni Momo: Kenyan women ‘among the most obese in Africa at 9th’

Kenyan women are among the most obese in Africa, a new report suggests.

Among the 36 African countries sampled, Kenyan women ranked ninth.

The report, Nutrition in the WHO African Region, was released last week by the World Health Organization.

It shows the most unhealthy weight gain is found among the Swazi and Lesotho women.
South Africa is not listed — although it is known to have the worst cases of obesity.

The least obese women are found in Ethiopia, Madagascar and Burundi — nutritionists feel this largely has to do with malnutrition, rather than healthy living.

“Overweight or obesity in mothers increases the risk in their offspring of high birth weight and subsequent childhood overweight,” the report says.

According to the Ministry of Health, average overweight rate among Kenyan women is 33 per cent, which is attributed to poor nutrition.
Women in Nairobi and Kirinyaga counties are the most overweight.

Head of Nutrition and Dietics Unit Gladys Mugambi said about 47 per cent of women in these two counties are either obese or overweight. This is among the highest levels in Africa.

“Cases of overweight expose one to diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes, which are very expensive for the county and the patient to treat,” Mugambi said last week during a meeting with health workers on capacity development for nutrition.

The WHO report says the percentage of women classified as overweight — including obesity — in Africa averages 23.8 per cent.

The range is from 5.7 per cent in Ethiopia to 50.6 per cent in Swaziland.

WHO said data for this indicator are available for 36 countries — as found in surveys dated between 2000 and 2015.
In all, 12 countries have a prevalence rate of more than 30 per cent, while Gabon, Ghana and Lesotho have more than 40 per cent.

“We are getting wealthier. Unfortunately, we are not eating correctly and we have a big problem with physical activity. I wish Kenyans were more active and could eat better,” Deputy director of Medical Services Peter Cherutich said last Friday.

“We have a long way to go in improving our nutritional status and reducing our consumption of sugar, alcohol and other unhealthy substances.”

Lead author of the Report, Dr Adelheid Onyango, who is WHO Africa’s adviser on nutrition, says the obesity epidemic affects all age groups.

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Why is Europe so fat? Questions and Answers

World Health Organization research published Wednesday contends that Europe is getting fatter every year, and heading for an obesity crisis.

Gema Fruhbeck, a nutrition expert and president of the executive committee of the European Association for the Study of Obesity, talks about solutions:

Q: Why is the obesity problem so difficult to tackle?

A: Obesity is not like an infection (which can be treated), obesity is something that is going to be with us all of our life.

Technology has made life easy for people, while driving them to be very inactive. Even leisure time is very much related to computer screens and it is necessary to change the mentality of society.

The current economic crisis also has a negative impact, leading low-income people or the unemployed to eat higher-energy food which is cheaper, rather than follow a healthy diet which is more expensive.

It is necessary to collaborate with politicians, urban planners, architects and sociologists to really change the whole framework in which the society addresses the problem of obesity.

Q: What are some nations getting right, such as the Netherlands where levels are on a downward trend?

A: It’s easy to cycle in Holland, which is not the case in many other European countries.

From a political point of view, they are a nation that has been very pre-occupied about initiatives to tackle the obesity problem.

We really need to be pro-active, so unless policy makers make the decision to have an action against obesity, it’s going to be very difficult. And what we are seeing now is almost the opposite since it’s becoming so frequent and so normal, many people tend to downplay the importance of obesity, many people say it’s not a disease.

Q: What would you propose to tackle obesity?

We really need to put a lot of effort in educating our children about healthy lifestyle.

Most of our celebrations are related to food, social events where food is important. Try to be able to combine this in the whole of your life, so I’ll have a very nice (meal) with friends, have a great time, but this can also be done by going for a walk and not sitting all day. We need a mentality change.

Taxes on junk food do not work because they penalise people with lower income.

Packaging is very important and so is labelling and telling the people how to read the labels.

Fighting obesity is impossible without realising that obesity is the gateway to ill health.

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Obesity in pregnancy puts child at diabetes risk

Women who are obese while pregnant may put their offspring at risk of childhood diabetes, a condition that requires lifelong insulin therapy, Swedish researchers said Tuesday.

A study of more than 1.2 million children born in Sweden between 1992 and 2004 and monitored for several years, found a 33-percent higher risk for the disease among children whose mothers were obese during the first trimester of pregnancy, but were not diabetic themselves

“Maternal overweight and obesity in early pregnancy were associated with increased risk of type 1 diabetes in the offspring of parents without diabetes,” a team wrote in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

The highest risk was still for children of parents who had diabetes themselves, the study found. There was no additional risk for children of mothers who were obese on top of having diabetes.

Over 5,700 children from the study group were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes by 2009.

Type 1 diabetes is usually found in children and young people — a chronic condition caused when the pancreas does not produce insulin to control blood sugar levels. It requires lifelong insulin treatment, and constitutes about 10 percent of all diabetes cases — though the number is growing.

And the increase “may partly be explained by increasing prevalence of maternal overweight/obesity,” said the study.

People with a BMI (body weight index, a ratio of weight to height) of 25 and higher are classified overweight, and 30 and over obese.

Obesity, too, is soaring, having more than doubled worldwide since 1980. By 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults were overweight, of whom 600 million were obese, according to the World Health Organization.

Type 2 diabetes is much more common than type 1, and is believed to be caused by lifestyle factors, and controlled through healthy diet, exercise and medication.

“Prevention of overweight and obesity in women of reproductive age may contribute to a decreased incidence of type 1 diabetes,” the study concluded.

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Obese women twice as likely to suffer from cancer

Nearly twice as many women as men develop cancer as a result of obesity, official research shows. Globally, 500,000 cancer cases could be attributed to patients being overweight, the World Health Organisation found.

In a league table of 176 nations compiled using the study data top of the list was Barbados, where 12.7 per cent of female cancer cases were blamed on obesity.

Previous research has shown the risk of cancer often rises in tandem with weight, or body mass index (BMI). This is a common form of the disease, and only around 10 per cent of all cases of this cancer are caused by fat.

But in some other types, obesity caused a much higher proportion of cases. For gallbladder cancer, the figure was 50 per cent. Since it is rare, however, that equated to only less than 300 cases.

Obesity is also a major factor in cancers of the oesophagus, colon, rectum, kidney, pancreas, ovary and womb lining.


This Woman Lost 68kg… And Her Fiancé

Eve Parker shed 150 pounds, but in order to sustain her healthy lifestyle, she also had to shed her fiancé.

At 350 pounds, the 5’3 Parker was engaged to a man who was, according to her, “obsessed with obese women.” When she made the steps to lose weight, she had to accept her relationship’s uncertain fate.

“When I met him, of course I was very large, and that’s what he loved about me,” she recalled in a HuffPost Live interview Monday.

“So there was always this inner conflict of the very thing that was killing me — giving me the sleep apnea, my blood pressure was 200 over 100 — the very thing that was keeping me so unhealthy was the very thing giving me the one thing I wanted, which was love and acceptance from a man.”

It was when Parker’s doctor informed her that she “may not live to be 40” that she knew she had to make a change, even if it meant breaking up with the man she loved.

“I knew he wouldn’t support it, and it was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make,” she admitted. “[But] I knew that in order to truly shed the weight and create a healthy lifestyle, that I had to end the relationship once and for all.”

At 86 kilos today — the lowest she’s weighed since the third grade — Parker acknowledges that ending the relationship fostered her own personal growth.

“[I] wasn’t truly loving myself, because I was always trying to get it from external forces,” she said.