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Statistics of obesity
Being overweight has become a major concern for health professionals. The World Health Organisation published a fact sheet with scary information:
- Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975.
- In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 650 million were obese.
- 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2016, and 13% were obese.
- Most of the world’s population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
- 38 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2019.
- Over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 were overweight or obese in 2016.
- Statistics (2018) in SA indicate that 68% of women aged 15 years and older are overweight or obese. A more recent assessment (2019), The Indigo Wellness Index, compiled by Bloomsbury Economics is one of the most comprehensive to date, covering 191 countries across the globe. The ten measures were life expectancy, high blood pressure, risk of diabetes, obesity, depression, happiness, alcohol use, tobacco use, inactivity and government spending. Sadly, South Africa was ranked the most unhealthy country, whilst Canada came out on top as the most healthy country. The latest statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that South Africans have a 25% probability of dying from cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory disease between the ages of 30 and 70 years.
The WHO also found that more than 28% of South African adults were obese – thi highest obesity rate in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Obesity is preventable