Their preference for fast foods and limited exercise are placing strain on the health of more and more young people, says Prof Faadiel Essop, Chair of the department of Physiological Sciences and leader of Stellenbosch University’s Cardio-Metabolic Research Group.

Recent studies by my research team among South African students – including Maties – have made me come to the alarming conclusion: By the age of 25, an increasing number of young people already show a higher-than-expected risk for so-called ‘old age’ diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

Poor lifestyle choices and increased environmental stressors such as psychosocial stress and pollution are regrettably part of modern-day living, and influence not only the health of working parents and other adults, but also of their children.