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Tonga’s big eaters, dying younger

Naming Tonga the fattest nation in the world, a BBC report on 18 January 2016 says that consumption of imported mutton lamb flaps is to blame. But Tonga’s Director of Health, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola, says that it’s the quantity of food Tongans eat that’s the main problem, not mutton lamb flaps.

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