Nana Addo's 'obesity' and why Ghanaians must be concerned

Nana Addo's 'obesity' and why Ghanaians must be concerned

None of us know the medical report of our political leaders, especially those currently in office as government officials.

In fact, leading up to the general elections, many had argued the need for aspiring presidential candidates to release their health reports so as to certify their fitness for office.

Well, that request or suggestion was swept under the carpet. President Akufo Addo is no less a strong and fit president.

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At his age of 74, one may just wonder how he is able to pull off the stress and high demands required of him as the first gentleman of the nation. Yet, he is executing his duties without a stain of health complications.

But are we not troubled about our president's weight? Nana Addo's weight considering his age must be something to worry about especially as we consider the implications that could have on his health and overall well-being.

It is an open truth that the health implications of excessive weight gain or obesity are more or less deadly - hypertension, diabetes, kidney complications and what have you.

Let us not downplay the expertise of the president's special medics and health professionals. They are by his side to help him with all the medical support he needs. But then and again we must be concerned for our president.

There is no need for us to be hypocritical about this existing truth, neither must we be politically partisan about it. This is purely about the life of our president and we must consider it carefully. Nana Addo is not the only ''fat'' president in the world. In fact, America has had its own share of "fat" or obese presidents.

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People who have obesity, compared to those with a normal or healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions, including the following:

Below are the effects of being overweight courtesy the Centre for Disease Control (CDC)

All-causes of death (mortality)

High blood pressure (Hypertension)

High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)

Type 2 diabetes

Coronary heart disease


Gallbladder disease

Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint)

Sleep apnea and breathing problems

Some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)

Low quality of life

Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders

Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning

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