KFC’s growing footprint on Ghana has its public health officials worried.
As offshore oil brings greater wealth to their country, Ghanaians are embracing fast food. Obesity prevalence is now 13.6%—a 650% jump since 1980, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Ghana, one of 73 countries where obesity has spiraled at that rate, has plenty of company. KFC is only one factor—but as it sets up shop across sub-Saharan Africa, it draws diners with Western cachet and low prices—while emphasizing its record on food safety.
The Quote: “To say it’s the safest food is a bit like saying my hand grenade is the safest hand grenade,” said Mike Gibney, a University College Dublin professor.