South Africa must ban sugary drinks sales in schools. Self regulation is failing

Childhood obesity is a serious and growing problem is South Africa. More than 13% of children are either obese or overweight. Just a single sugary beverage per day increases that child’s chance of overweight by 55%. Similarly, once they become an overweight teen, there is a 70% chance they will not be able to lose the weight. An average grade 4 learner (10-year-old) has around one to two sugary drinks per day, with each soft drink containing up to nine teaspoons of sugar.