The larger than life state of South Africans’ waistlines have been a conspicuous area of concern for years, but what are we doing to curb our appetite and take the pressure off our hearts?
South Africa has the highest overweight and obesity rate in sub-Saharan Africa, with up to 70% of women and a third of men being classified as overweight or obese. However, this is no longer just an adult problem; obesity follows children into adulthood and is associated with a number of diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, joint pain and certain cancers.1
“Many students do not realise the potentially serious effects of an unhealthy lifestyle, which is why education around a balanced diet needs to happen early on to avoid serious health risks,” says Lucy Jones, Marketing Head for Philips Personal Health in Africa.
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa, cardiovascular disease is the second biggest killer in South Africa, after HIV/AIDS, despite 80% of cardiovascular disease being preventable by leading a healthy lifestyle.2
With this growing concern, it’s up to our youth to shed the kilograms by adopting a healthier lifestyle.
As a global leader in innovation around healthy food preparation, Philips has developed a range of innovative and easy-to-use kitchen appliances that can help students prepare heart-healthier homemade food, despite inexperience in the kitchen or time constraints.
For instance, the Philips Airfryer range is single-handedly making air the new oil. This simple, yet effective appliance is a versatile addition to any student kitchen as it’s able to fry, grill, roast and bake wholesome foods using little to no oil, without compromising on taste – an all-in-one solution, replacing an oven, microwave and fryer.
The Viva Collection digital Airfryer further maximises cooking space with its double layer accessory to allow cooking your staple and side dishes simultaneously, providing a one stop solution for preparing your meals.
“The Airfryer removes up to 80% of the oil that you would have otherwise consumed, offering a real solution to the wellbeing of our students,” added Jones. “It also offers quicker cooking times, an all-in-one solution, and is easy to clean – making the transition to a healthier lifestyle as manageable as possible.”
Unhealthy lifestyle patterns formed during student years are likely to be sustained into adulthood, which is why healthy cooking alternatives need to be adapted to reduce health risks early on.
“These products are developed to lessen the time and effort constraints that are often used as an excuse not to start the journey towards a healthier lifestyle, while guiding inexperienced cooks to produce nutritious meals,” says Jones.
And to make the journey easier, Philips has recently launched a Philips Airfryer App, which can be offered free of charge and that offers over 200 recipes, useful video content including tips, accessory and feature explanations, and features like creating shopping lists and sharing recipes on Facebook or Twitter.