Between 1995 and 2014, male obesity prevalence of South Africa grew substantially from 6.1 to 14.5 % rising at an increasing annual rate that reached a maximum of 5.88 % in 2004 and then decreased to 4.32 % in 2014.The description is composed by Yodatai, our digital data assistant. Have a question? Ask Yodatai ›
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.