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Why we need to help South Asian women address a growing obesity problem

When Dr Halima Iqbal was growing up, she faced discrimination because of her South Asian background. While her parents tried to retain a semblance of Pakistani culture at home, to Halima, it was a cultural “tug of war” that led to an identity crisis. She sought comfort in food and became overweight. Although she has since managed to maintain a healthy body weight, her experience of how discrimination is linked to obesity, had a lasting effect.