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South Africa - Female obesity prevalence as a share of female ages 18+

38.1
(%)
in 2014

Female obesity prevalence of South Africa increased from 26.8 % in 1995 to 38.1 % in 2014 growing at an average annual rate of 1.87 %.

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Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. A crude population measure of obesity is the body mass index (BMI), a person’s weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of his or her height (in metres). A person with a BMI of 30 or more is generally considered obese. A person with a BMI equal to or more than 25 is considered overweight. Overweight and obesity are major risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Once considered a problem only in high income countries, overweight and obesity are now dramatically on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings.

Date Value Change, %
2014 38.1 1.33 %
2013 37.6 1.62 %
2012 37.0 1.37 %
2011 36.5 1.67 %
2010 35.9 1.70 %
2009 35.3 1.73 %
2008 34.7 2.06 %
2007 34.0 2.10 %
2006 33.3 1.83 %
2005 32.7 2.19 %
2004 32.0 1.91 %
2003 31.4