Experts say the vast sum spent by Sylvia Lucas on unhealthy food is indicative of a big fat problem.
If the community stays vigilant, lives will be improved for many years.
The growing health crisis in the E Cape has forced Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to intervene by commissioning a task team to investigate.
Advocacy groups are due to march to the Eastern Cape's health MEC as part of a campaign against a "crisis" in health care access in the province.
Some have lauded the draft policy, saying it could make medication cheaper, but others say it is "unimpressive" and "almost contradictory".