Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
3 minute read
28 Oct 2019
11:17 am

What you need to know about obesity

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

The problem starts in childhood, with less than two-thirds of children participating in weekly physical activity.

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Obesity is defined as excessive accumulation of fat in the human body that leads to health risks such as cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal diseases, high blood pressure and diabetes. South Africa has a big fat problem, with our children said to be the third most obese in the world. Studies say up to 70% of women and a third of men are classified as overweight or obese. In children, one in four girls and one in five boys between the ages of two and 14 are overweight or obese. Perceptions of weight and weight loss complicate the issue further. We tend...