Obesity is a global problem, and even though losing weight is never easy, it comes with a lot of health benefits.
According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, excess body weight was directly associated with around four million deaths globally in 2015.
In South Africa, almost 70% of women are either overweight or obese and the country has the highest rates of overweight women in Africa, reports Health24.
Let’s look at five celebrities who shed the kilos and proved that hard work, discipline and determination pays off.
Sophie Lichaba started her weight-loss journey after being diagnosed with Diabetes.
“Living with Diabetes doesn’t mean my life must stop. It means I will fight to live and encourage those who already are suffering from this deadly disease. Help others prevent it,” she wrote on Instagram.
“I started my weight loss journey because I was obese, and it affected my health. I made a confident choice to start eating well and lose weight. Yes, it’s been a year of healthy eating and I’m proud of where I am. I want to encourage those who are struggling with obesity and say don’t worry what people think even if they will think you’re dying. Being overweight landed me in hospital. I made my weight loss choice. I’m proud of it!”
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Happy Friday Angel's. I'm sending my love to all my friends and family who are concernrd about my weight and health. Living with Diabetes doesn't mean my life must stop. It means I will fight to live and encourage those who already are suffering from this deadly disease. Help others prevent it. I started my weight loss journey because I was Obese and it affected my health. I made a confident choice to start eating well and loose weight. Yes it's been a year of healthy eating and I'm proud of where I am. I want to encourage those who are struggling with obesity and say don't worry what people think even if they will think you're dying. Being overweight landed me in hospital. I made my weight loss choice. I'm proud of it! I'm excited my fridge looks pretty 5 colours without fail. I will eventually reach myt goal weight. Through healthy eating. Starting my blog soon. So am Im definitely excited that God allowed me to go through this test to save lives. Some people sadden me because I have lost both my parents through Diabetes I nursed them so I know this killer disease. ITS REAL. No joke. Our fellow sisters and brothers commit suicide because of pressure of what you negative heartless people think. I stopped worrying what any negative person thinks long ago. Just surprised that grown people share such heartless opinions. Where families are praying fasting for goodness health. I'm fighting it daily to live for my children and family. God is my biggest partner in this fight then my Hubby friends and family. So I'm excited to spend my Friday with hubby. " Rejole🤩 " I feel fabulous and thats a blessing I will not swap. I'm an ambassador for those of us suffering from Diabetes. And those who are Obese but too scared to fight. I will never hide for anyone . Life too precious! #TeamLichaba #mamalepapaL
The former Generations’ star looks fit and gorgeous.
For Ntokozo Mbambo, losing weight meant much more than just looking good, but she also wanted to serve as an example to her children about having a good body image.
“I am wonderfully and fearfully made by God but that doesn’t mean I can do as I please. I’ve just started learning to eat healthier so that I can live longer and be healthy. This isn’t because of the pressure from people or anything like that, no I’m doing this for myself and I also need to be a good example for my daughter as well,” Ntokozo Mbambo told informationcradle.com.
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Such an awesome time at the All White Gospel Picnic this afternoon ❤️ After I left the stage, I looked absolutely nothing like this 😂😂😂 my hair is half the size, my dress & glasses wet! I had so much fun singing & dancing in the rain in stilleto’s too 😂🌧 The same God we worship in the sunlight is still worthy even in the rain 🙌🏽💃🏽 Can I get an AMEN?! 💝 Lotsa love to all the people who worshipped with me, there’s a special blessing for you ❤️ Thanks to @lindani_ndwandwa for this last minute number 👗 #AllWhiteGospelPicnic #DancingAndSingingInTheRain #TeamJesus
Noeleen Maholwana Sangqu
Noeleen Maholwana Sangqu looks amazing.
The former talk-show host lost a lot of weight and is working hard to maintain her look. She often posts pictures of herself at the gym on Instagram and shares the importance of exercising.
He was once called “the gummy bear” because of how he looked. But Julius Malema has since transformed and serves as an inspiration to many that it’s important to live a healthy lifestyle.
The EFF leader attributes his weight-loss success to cutting alcohol and sugar out completely.
Unathi is a fitness fanatic. She has been very vocal about the importance of having a good body weight and maintaining it.
“I was publicly shamed for years and suffered that public beating and humiliation. Today I host seminars called A Better You, where I invite specialists to help women who want to transform their bodies. I do it for women so they know that they are not alone and that they deserve the bodies they desire. We just have to commit to ourselves because our bodies are the only bodies we’ll ever know” she told Women’s Health.