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NewsWrap: More than half of women in SA may be obese by 2030- Health Experts

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Worryingly experts are concerned that more than half of women in South Africa will be obese by 2030. This as obesity rates continue to spike globally.. the association for dietetics says many factors contribute to obesity but buying nutritious food at a high price is not always an option for cash strapped consumers who are left with cheaper less nutritious alternatives.

Meanwhile if we look at the stats….

It is estimated 68% of women and 31% of men are either overweight or obese while 13% of children under the age of five are overweight. The health department says that at least 41% of women are obese, with 20% falling in the severe obesity category. According to the World Health Organisation, obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, claiming at least 2.8-million lives annually.

At the same time …

Obesity in South Africa is not just a health issue; it’s a become a major crisis that demands immediate attention. Recent statistics reveal a concerning trend: a significant portion of the population is either overweight or obese, with women bearing the brunt. These statistics not only highlight the scale of the problem but also point to the gender disparities in obesity rates. Childhood obesity, with its long-term health implications, adds another layer of complexity to the crisis. Experts say that Combatting obesity requires a concerted effort from all sectors of society. They say the call to action is clear: implement and adhere to policies that can influence the systems contributing to obesity. This includes creating environments that encourage physical activity, ensuring access to healthy foods, and educating the public on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. The success of these interventions hinges on the collaboration between government, private sectors, and communities, aiming for a holistic approach to a healthier, more active population.

And finally int.

According to a World Health Organization study published by The Lancet medical journal, obesity has increased alarmingly in low and middle income countries, particularly in Africa. Obesity is also a major risk factor for diabetes. And there are countries with higher prevalence rates, particularly in North Africa and South Africa. At the same time, experts say our lifestyles have become more sedentary: “there is very little physical activity to compensate for this,”.

Written by: Keenan Williams

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