Almost 70% of South Africa women overweight, study finds

Obesity is a condition where a person has accumulated so much body fat that it might have a negative effect on their health.
Dimas
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Almost 70% of South Africa women overweight, study finds

Unread post by Dimas » Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:12 pm

South Africans continue to "supersize", with two-thirds of women and a third of men being overweight or obese, according to preliminary results from the latest Demographics and Health Survey.

Supersized South Africans

By the age of 20, over half of all women were already overweight and by 45, this figure had rocketed to 82%, according to the survey conducted by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), Statistics South Africa and the Department of Health.

White men were much fatter than men of other races, with three-quarters being overweight as opposed to slightly over a quarter of African men. With women, the racial differences were not as pronounced, although the majority of severely obese women were Coloured.

The Western Cape is home to the fattest people, and this province also led statistics for hypertension – not surprising as obesity is a major cause of high blood pressure.

“It is time that we wake up to this cold fact and that we need to address the risk factors that contribute to overweight and obesity. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are fast becoming the leading cause of death, now accounting for more than HIV and TB,” said SAMRC’s Professor Andre Kengne.

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Re: Almost 70% of South Africa women overweight, study finds

Unread post by Zoya » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:19 pm

Really!! :o :o :o

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