South Africa is fighting obesity with a sugar tax
(CNN) -- The South African government is planning to implement a sugar tax to help curb the country's growing obesity epidemic.
The problem reflects the global increase in obesity and overweight rates across developing countries, surpassing the rate of obesity in developed states.
The number of overweight and obese people in the developing world has grown from 250 million in 1980 to a billion in recent years, according to the Overseas Development Institute.
In tackling suga...