Rising obesity in Africa reflects a broken global food system

by Rajiv Shah

Eight of the 20 nations with the fastest rising rates of adult obesity in the world are in Africa © Bloomberg

When I visited Kigali, Rwanda’s capital last week, I noticed an array of new fast food restaurants downtown. This is not an exception — chains such as Burger King, Pizza Hut and KFC are proliferating across Africa. Meanwhile, obesity rates are skyrocketing across the continent.