Thandi Mavata, the ex-wife to Max Lichaba has come out to lambast people who made shrewd comments about Sophie Ndaba’s weight loss after an unflattering picture of the actress went viral on Friday.
Heartless comments about Sophie’s weight loss spread like wildfire, Sophie eventually addressed the issue stating that her obesity landed her in the hospital and that she has had to lose weight because of her battle with diabetes.
Thandi Mavata has also come to Sophie’s defence, stating that people should not be ignorant but educate themselves about diabetes and the ramifications it can cause to ones body should they not take care of themselves.
“The stigma surrounding weight loss is so painful, because more people still believe you lose weight only if you're diagnosed with AIDS related diseases. Today I saw someone who posted ‘she has to go get tested for HIV’. How ignorant and disgusting. Chronic diseases is so painful and goes beyond HIV. Even with education, people still laugh like they don't know diabetes is very dangerous, that it is the number one cause of kidney failure, loss of eyesight, leg or hands amputation, and millions of death all over the world etc,” wrote Thanda.
Thandi further on encouraged people to root behind Sophie so she can beat the illness and continue to live a healthy life. Mavata also expressed her respect towards Sophie for taking on the challenge to lose weight.
“I admire her for choosing to lose weight, changing her eating habits, than to lose her life and leaving her kids without a Mother. I also pray that she keeps fighting for life and never care what people are saying on social media about her.”
Meanwhile, Sophie Ndaba has responded to negative comments and allegations made on social media about her weight loss. The star had health problems and she revealed that she landed in hospital because of her weight more than once.
“Some people sadden me because I have lost both my parents through diabetes,” said Ndaba.
This follows the circulation of a before and after picture of the actress’ weight transformation coupled with not-so-flattering observations of Ndaba’s weight loss. Famous for her 20-year role as Queen Moroka in Generations, the star took to Instagram to address the cyber bullying she had been subjected to for the past few days.
In the post, Ndaba said she started her weight loss journey due to obesity which affected her health and wanted to encourage people dealing with weight issues.
“I made a confident choice to start eating well and lose weight. Yes it’s been a year of healthy eating and I’m proud of where I am,” Ndaba said.
Ndaba has been living with diabetes and vowed to fight and encourage those who are suffering from the deadly disease and helps others prevent it.
“I’m an ambassador for those of us suffering from diabetes and those who are obese but too scared to fight. I will never hide for anyone,” she said.