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South Africa - Male obesity prevalence as a share if male population ages 18+

14.5
(%)
in 2014

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 4.32 % in 2014.

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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 14.5 4.32 %
2013 13.9 4.51 %
2012 13.3 4.72 %
2011 12.7 4.96 %
2010 12.1 5.22 %
2009 11.5 4.55 %
2008 11.0 5.77 %
2007 10.4 5.05 %
2006 9.9 5.32 %
2005 9.4 4.44 %
2004 9.0 5.88 %
2003 8.5