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By Sapa | 2014-05-29 06:53:10.0 | COMMENTS [ 77 ]

In a world where 37 percent of the adult population is overweight or obese, in 2013 South Africa had an obesity rate of 42 percent for women and 13.5 percent for men, according to a study released by the Lancet.

"South Africa has the highest overweight and obesity rate in sub-Saharan Africa," the study showed.

"Seven in 10 women (69.3 percent) and four in 10 men (38.8 percent) are overweight or obese. For South African children, a fifth of boys and a quarter of girls are overweight or obese; seven percent of boys and 9.6 percent of girls are obese."

The Lancet released a new study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. The study examined obesity trends from 188 countries over more than 30 years.

In the study, overweight is defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI), or weight-to-height ratio, greater than or equal to 25 and lower than 30, while obesity is defined as having a BMI equal to or greater than 30.

According to the results, nearly 30 percent of people worldwide, about 2.1 billion, are either overweight or obese.

The study showed that since 1980, not one country has successfully decreased its rate of obesity, while the rise in global obesity rates have been "significant, rapid and widesperead".

Since 1980, obesity and overweight had increased by 27.5 percent in adults and 47.1 percent in children.

Worldwide, 3.4 million deaths were caused by obesity in 2010, most from cardiovascular causes.

"Health risks such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and chronic kidney disease increase when a person's BMI exceeds 23," the study read.

"Research indicates that if left unchecked, the rise in obesity could lead to future declines in life expectancy."

Southern sub-Saharan African ranks among the highest regions in the world in the world percentage-wise for women who are overweight or obese.

The study found that globally the number of overweight and obese people increased from 857 million in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013.

The highest proportion of the world's obese people, 13 percent, live in the United States, while China and India together represent 15 percent of the world's obese population.

The rates in the study were adjusted for differences in population size and ages over time across the countries.

Between 1980 and 2013, the prevalence of overweight and obese children and adolescents increased by nearly 50 percent.

According to the study, more than 50 percent of the world's obese live in 10 countries -- United States, China, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Germany, Pakistan and Indonesia.


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100% correct and I agree with the study since it's been conducted in our country.But Women have a problem when we tell them that they are fat, they hate that or maybe we should say to them "You are overweight?"

2014-05-29 06:58:39.0 | 1 replies


Yip ponko you correct. They call men skinny nothing happens, you tell them, they have a fat ass, it's the end of the world hahaha...

2014-05-29 07:04:48.0 | 0 replies


Too much pap, and chacalaca, kfc, macdonald, with no exercise, what do they expect hmmm.

2014-05-29 07:01:09.0 | 3 replies
2014-05-29 08:11:10.0 | 1 replies


Morning slender, I dreamed of your legs wrapped around my neck, ooooh what a dream... Btw what size boobs have you got hmmmm :)

2014-05-29 08:38:43.0 | 1 replies


I also dreamt about your sexxxy body last night. My boobs size have lots of D's

2014-05-29 08:41:22.0 | 2 replies


You two Whiz & Slender get a room.

2014-05-29 08:45:04.0 | 0 replies


Hmmm slender just my size :)

2014-05-29 08:56:17.0 | 1 replies


@nyoso please leave us alone. @whiz and you are my size!!

2014-05-29 09:28:51.0 | 0 replies


Add Pie, Burger & Pizza, & this is everyday & almost forgot...Magwinya

2014-05-29 08:21:41.0 | 0 replies


And advise them to consider thier appetite,sies man I hate fat little mammas!

2014-05-29 09:22:26.0 | 0 replies


Why are they lumping 'overweight' and 'obese' in the same category? Even the experts agree that the parameters are too narrow and that being slightly overweight is not cause for concern. Having said that, our diet in SA is abysmal. Too many empty calories and not enough dietary diversity.

2014-05-29 07:47:48.0 | 1 replies


Hi Mommy Are you fat or are you overweight?

2014-05-29 08:52:04.0 | 1 replies


Bit tubby this year but still within the normal BMI. Why?

2014-05-29 08:53:54.0 | 1 replies


I must say I like a bit of meat on a lady :) Momma are you taken?

2014-05-29 09:47:06.0 | 1 replies


:) very much taken.

2014-05-29 09:53:55.0 | 1 replies
2014-05-29 10:03:42.0 | 0 replies


Fat cakes and polony, pap and vleis during lunch and dinner, kfc, chicken licken, chips wont help anyone in sa

2014-05-29 08:15:39.0 | 1 replies


Try Kota, Atcha & Magwinya, you will be round in no time! Size 38

2014-05-29 08:23:43.0 | 1 replies


Ohh and Kota with chips,atcha,eggs,russian,polony,vienna every day

2014-05-29 08:42:42.0 | 1 replies


NO no nono...this is a disaster and it causes fatness.

2014-05-29 09:20:41.0 | 1 replies


Hahahahahaha, eat like that only for 3 months and you're bound to gain at least 5kg's

2014-05-29 09:48:01.0 | 0 replies


Anyway it's kinda true, come to sunnyside you'll see our fellow woman eating sphatlo and drinking Savana. Please come and join us at Virgin active sunnypark and loose weight.

2014-05-29 08:23:03.0 | 1 replies


jy is rig bra sphatlo hunters dry name them and ke bona ba baie daar ko chesa nyama

2014-05-29 13:50:03.0 | 0 replies


most who are obese are poor people,remember in townships sphatlo,magwinya is what they can option.let alone KFC when they can spare some cents,cant afford to eat healthy.

2014-05-29 08:41:24.0 | 1 replies


Bingo, that's it! The reason why our poor parliamentarians are obese.

2014-05-29 09:45:23.0 | 0 replies


They chow too much magwinya

2014-05-29 08:43:25.0 | 0 replies


They say they are chubby and not fat (TheRealMsKinks comes to mind), that is being in denial. Kasi women live unhealthily, they won't go a day without eating bunny chow...Very few of them believe in exercise but most believe in ciders and junk food.

2014-05-29 08:46:19.0 | 3 replies


Kinky, is going to rip you too pieces for this hahaha...

2014-05-29 09:17:23.0 | 0 replies


And a new habit now, smoking. A whole lot of bad combination.

2014-05-29 09:23:19.0 | 0 replies


Hosh6, there is a REAL VAST difference between being overweight and obese. I have never hidden the fact that I am chubby (overweight) but obese I AM NOT.

2014-05-29 11:19:53.0 | 2 replies


I never said you are obese.

2014-05-29 13:29:13.0 | 1 replies


They say they are chubby and not fat (TheRealMsKinks comes to mind), that is being in denial.

2014-05-29 13:33:30.0 | 1 replies


I know weight is a sensitive issue to you, but I still maintain I never said you are obese.

2014-05-29 14:59:50.0 | 0 replies


The difference between being overweight and being obese is actually not VAST. It is minute. They only differ on how they come about otherwise they have the same effects. Obesity relates to excess body fat, overweight refers to excess body weight. The excess fat in obesity will cause you excess weight. In math we would say they intersect. Critical is making sure you avoid either condition. The mistery of life is that a person who enjoys healthy eating habits gets the same satisfaction as a person who eats junk BUT the former has an advantage of enjoying good health too, and more time to themselves.

2014-05-29 14:35:59.0 | 0 replies


Very true and its bad for us because we can't even find a nice and skinny sister,all of them are fat and you can't even tell them that,as the other guy said.

2014-05-29 09:15:00.0 | 0 replies



2014-05-29 09:17:40.0 | 0 replies


In fact i object this, this study missed the point,the truth is in every 3 women you come across none of them is in shape, so THEY SHOULD OR I HELP THEM, 80% OF OUR WOMEN ARE FAT,PERIOD AND THEY ARE SO DEPRESSING.

2014-05-29 09:30:15.0 | 0 replies