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The Obese Of Congo: When Wealth Leads To Weight Gain

After a nearly 10 percent jump in obesity, the first efforts have been launched at educating Congolese about both diet and exercise. But skinny to many means sick -- and poor.

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Happy baby, wealthy baby, chubby baby
Cosmas Mungazi

GOMA – The city of Goma, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has seen a 10% rise in the number of obese people in five years. If this trend continues, more than 20% of the city's population will be overweight in 2021, according to public health specialists.

A typical meal in these parts consists mostly of beans, milk, soy, sugary foods, potatoes and red meat. “If you have decent wages, your fare consists of fatty and sugary foods --every day,” says Fiston Kambake, who owns a restaurant.

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War in Ukraine, Day 91: Kissinger v. Soros, Two Survivors Of World War II Clash On Ukraine

The two 90-something European-Americans spoke separately at the Davos summit this week, offering very different assessments of what the West should do in the face of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Henry Kissinger (left) and George Soros (right)

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The Davos summit was the setting for a heavyweight contrast of aging but still influential power brokers of another era. Henry Kissinger and George Soros, two Americans, born in pre-World War II Europe, offered very different takes on what to do about the war in Ukraine.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, 98, told a Davos audience that the way out of the conflict with Russia was for Kyiv to cede territory in eastern Ukraine. The Telegraph quoted him Tuesday as telling the annual meeting of business and political leaders: “Negotiations need to begin in the next two months before it creates upheavals and tensions that will not be easily overcome.”

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