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Google recently put the entire world in a reflective state when they released their list of top searches in 2016 both globally and in individual countries. As expected, the lists revealed quite a lot about what the people were focused on for most of the year.

Kenya was in on the top searches fun and a look at the most searched ‘how to questions’ by Kenyans may have revealed a decided focus on body image by Kenyans in 2016.

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Body image refers to the perceptions people have about the attractiveness of their bodies. Kenyans had as many as four trending how to questions, out of the overall ten, in 2016 that focused on body image.

They included questions on how to lose weight fast, how to bleach skin professionally, how to get a flat stomach and how to gain weight in one day (captured in the how-to questions about health).


The question on bleaching professionally is especially surprising considering the bad rap that bleaching has received around Africa this year.

Here are the other things besides body image that popped in Kenya’s Google searches this year;

Trending “How To” Searches

  • How to lose weight fast
  • How to create a blog
  • How to keep natural hair soft
  • How to save money
  • How to bleach skin professionally
  • How to chat with girls
  • How to get a flat stomach
  • How to treat a burn at home
  • How to answer interview questions
  • How to use coloured bulbs for interior decor

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Trending “How To” Health Searches

  • How to lose weight fast
  • How to get a flat stomach
  • How to calculate my pregnancy
  • How to stop smelly feet
  • How to lower blood pressure
  • How to treat itchy eyes
  • How to calculate safe days
  • How to cure tonsils
  • How to gain weight in one day
  • How to treat stomach ulcers

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