Men and women carrying extra weight do not regard themselves as obese or at risk of obesity, instead they think the extra weight is desirable and essential for their social standing.
This is according to UWC public health graduate doctor Kufre Okop. He said there was a growing concern in the country over obesity. In his research, he highlights excess body weight - a body mass index of over 25 - has been linked to 87% of cases of Type 2 diabetes, 38% of heart disease cases and 45% of strokes in the country.
“What’s more, the prevalence of overweight and obesity has risen sharply in South Africa, a disconcerting spike from 56% to 65% between 2002 and 2012.”
According to his research, women are more likely than men to be overweight and obese.
“More than two-thirds of women in the country are overweight or obese, compared to about a third of the men.