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Face to face with chronic disease
Malri's story: facing obesity
Maria Saloniki
WHO/Chris de Bode

Malri Twalib is five years old and lives in a poor rural area of the Kilimanjaro District of the United Republic of Tanzania. Health workers from a nearby medical centre spotted his weight problem last year during a routine community health visit. The diagnosis was clear: childhood obesity.

Malri's excess weight puts him at risk of a range of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

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