Survey: Capetonians are fat

2010-09-08 14:19

More than 60% of South Africans are overweight, according to a survey released today.

Cape Town was the worst affected with 72% of those surveyed there overweight, obese or morbidly obese. This was followed by Pretoria (68%), Johannesburg (59%) and Durban (52%).

GlaxoSmithKline interviewed 500 people in the study.

It said people were overweight (pre-obese) when their Body Mass Index – a statistical measure of body weight in kilograms divided by height in metres square – ranged between 25kg/m2 and 30kg/m2, obese when this was more than 30kg/m2 and morbidly obese when it was more than 40kg/m2.

Of those surveyed, 47% said the government should play a more active role in targeting obesity, and 46% felt obesity would economically affect South Africa.

The survey found that 60% of obese, and 62% of morbidly obese people considered themselves merely overweight; 49% of South Africans did not exercise; 71% had never dieted; and that lifestyle, food, poverty and demographics played a role in the weight of the nation.

Of those interviewed, 65% had the perception that healthy food was more expensive than unhealthy food; 39% looked at cost when purchasing food; and 87% ate a home cooked dinner.

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