Most obese South Africans in denial

2012-10-17 22:27

Johannesburg - Most overweight people are in denial, a study by Profmed medical scheme revealed on Wednesday.

"Around 78% of obese and 52% of morbidly [extremely] obese people in South Africa consider themselves to be healthy," said Graham Anderson from the scheme.

He said South Africa needed to highlight the issue as obesity week was from 15 to 19 October.

"People who are overweight are not only more at risk of a number of serious illnesses, but may also be subject to higher medical insurance premiums," said Anderson.
According to Profmed, 61% of South Africans were either overweight or obese.

Another report from the Centre of Metabolic Medicine and Surgery (CMMS) stated more women suffered from obesity than men.

"Some 66% of women and 33% of men in this country are overweight and between 10% of men and 28% of women may be classified as morbidly obese," said Dr Tessa van der Merwe from CMMS.

Global problem

She said about 2.2 billion people were overweight around the world and 500 million were considered to be obese.

"The problem is a global one, which is growing... Experts acknowledge the complicated nature of this disease and there is agreement that it is not just a case of excess calorie intake and diminished energy expenditure," she added.

Obesity came hand-in-hand with medical problems, such as type two diabetes, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, strokes, heart diseases, asthma, depression, and sleep problems.

"These conditions are responsible for a staggering 2.5 million deaths per year worldwide."

Van der Merwe said studies on the topic were being done on a continuous basis.

"The truth is that we do not entirely understand why some people are obese while others are not. We do know that contributory factors can include hereditary, environmental, cultural, socio-economic, and psychological factors."

She said weight-loss programmes were not entirely effective and less than 5% yielded success in the long-term.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-10-17 22:48

    "The truth is that we do not entirely understand why some people are obese while others are not. We do know that contributory factors can include hereditary, environmental, cultural, socio-economic, and psychological factors." Tell that to the camp survivors of WW2. Right. If more energy is going into a person's body than that needed to keep the base metabolic rate happy, then he/she will gain mass. There are certain exception, but not enough to account for 61% of the population. (Sicknesses that prevent exercise, high cortisone usage etc,) The contributory factors named above all contribute, not to the increase in mass, but to the acts, (over-eating, too little exercise), that result in obesity. And of course the great examples of those in Parliamen,t as mentioned by the Minister of Health, are not helping either. R4 point-how-many-billion was it again? Eating, sleeping....

      Rob.Trianglem - 2012-10-18 09:15

      I think those people that spent R 4.6 Billion on food last year are also in denial, mainly the Guvment.LOL

      tgif.wtfaw - 2012-10-18 09:47

      The Fat parliamentarians should form a Commission of Inquiry immediately . The head of the Commission should be Khulubuse Zuma he has all the obesity experience required and he is the Presidents Nephew so for a change The ANC will get it spot on , Politically connected Cadre deployment with all the correct credentials. Give them a HUUUUUGGGGEEE budget so that they can all Debauch themselves to DEATH !!!!!!!!!!

      james.bondiski - 2012-10-18 10:36

      is this an article on the weight of the metro cops???

      art5SA - 2012-10-18 12:43

      EVERY OBESE person.... gives the SALAD BAR a WIDE BERTH!

      Andrew Gordon - 2013-10-20 17:26

      Not a disease....

  • ilze.moreira - 2012-10-17 23:22

    i am in denial....

      art5SA - 2012-10-18 12:43

      Floating in a boat... or just splashing?

  • Leah - 2012-10-17 23:32

    A friend once told me: if you think you are fat, you probably are. Blunt but effective.

      art5SA - 2012-10-18 12:44

      40 meals ahead.... and 80 DUMPS behind...

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-10-17 23:32

    Finally delusionada someone with all the answers! How do you propose we tackle this weighty problem? As less than 5percent of diets work.. That have been formulated by doctors and specialists in the field for many years, your answer to the problem probably hasn't been thought of yet.

  • Mbuyisa Oos Gomba - 2012-10-18 00:17

    Government must intervene. he must give them a grant so they can feel better and try to do something with their body. loosing weight is not for free. clothes they buy if they get them cost a lot. even fashion world discriminate them. so government must help them to build self esteem

      jacqueline.engelbrecht.54 - 2012-10-18 01:14

      You have got to be kidding me. If you are fat and there is no medical evidence, then it is your own fault!

      francoisengelbrecht1 - 2012-10-18 08:18

      Seriously? A grant for low self-esteem?

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-18 08:26

      What ???, and increase the salaries of our ladies in Parliament again. They just got an increase .....

      sagin.verity - 2012-10-18 10:25

      This kind of luke warm mentality is the reason south africa is going down the tubes. F ing ridiculous!

      gerhardus.stefanus.5 - 2012-10-18 12:14

      The government is helping by keeping the people poor

      Helen Brenkman - 2013-08-07 11:57

      Do something for yourselves for a change, instead of expecting every bloody thing for free or on somebody else's account!!

  • jacqueline.engelbrecht.54 - 2012-10-18 01:18

    Unless over weight due to a medical reason, there is NO excuse to be over weight. I should know. I have lost 6.5kgs in the last 15 weeks with exercise and portion control. I eat what I want, when I want but my portions are significantly smaller and healthier. Less carbs, more protein, no sugar and low fat or fat free everything. It's not easy but it works. I exercise at least twice a day without belonging to a gym because its too expensive. It's a state of mind and a life style choice!

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-10-18 04:45

      Easy for you to say...staying fit is a whole new challenge, and it keeps getting harder. You'll find out soon enough

      jaap.kotze - 2012-10-18 06:16

      You go girl! You found the ''secret''. No other way!

      vicki.malatse - 2012-10-18 06:50

      It does work I know,we must stop deniying,most people R overweight/obese and this studies are done by scientist who are qualified.

  • heinrich.swart.3 - 2012-10-18 03:42

    Shake head left and right when more food is on offer.. Easy

      art5SA - 2012-10-18 12:45

      And try NOT AVOID the SALAD BAR!

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-10-18 04:46

    Parliament doesn't set the best example

  • Annelize Buitendach-Roesch - 2012-10-18 06:04

    Really? So why do I see and hear about so many slim and fit people dying of heart attacks? Do not generalize Doctor! The depression candidates are for sure not all obese!

      Annelize Buitendach-Roesch - 2012-10-18 12:57

      Why all the thumbs down? My late brother was slim, walked a lot to stay fit, went to the Gym, did not have cholestrol, high blood pressure, etc. He had severe depression and sleeping disorder. He passed away at the age of 50 and was not obese, wearing a size 32 trousers. Get the point I made earlier?

      Arie Vd Plaats - 2013-04-18 04:31

      A very SCIENTIFIC observation you have made here. I think you need at the very least another 100plus observation to make yours valid. Please refrain form making as if a SINGLE observation qualifies your statement. Statistics does not work that way!!!

  • Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-10-18 06:17

    Being fat doesn't necessary mean you're unfit and sick, some of us like the way we look and i would hate to be thin

      sfortmann1 - 2012-10-18 07:10

      You may like the way you look, but the fact is being overweight is unhealthy, your argument makes as much sense as saying \I'm not sick, I just like the tone of my TB cough\

      niel.walt - 2012-10-18 07:11

      You are one of those denial cases they talking about. Being fat and overweight is unhealthy, no matter how you try to justify it.

      veritas.odium.paret - 2012-10-18 10:36

      Nhlanhla, it's unhealthy to be fat. Don't try to sugar coat it, you might eat that too...

  • vincent.vinsaint - 2012-10-18 06:49

    Who me? Aa! I have an African body...I live to eat and food is very scares you know...just like a job. Unemployment is also a profession in SA. Sit at home and do what? Eat and eat!

  • christi.roestorff - 2012-10-18 06:51

    This is a touchy topic, now I understand the response when there are food price increases a little better!

  • adair.cross - 2012-10-18 06:52

    Overweight=eating too much.Doesn't take rocket science.

  • vicki.malatse - 2012-10-18 06:56

    True,denial is what makes people to even fail or not suceed to do aything about.There exceptions where obesity can be explained,however that musnt be more than 10% of the population.The rest of us can do something,and forget diets they don work and des prove,it comes down to lifestyle modification.

      niel.walt - 2012-10-18 07:09

      Lifestyle change requires a eating change, any structured plan is a diet. Diets do work, diets fail when people are weak and don't have willpower.

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-10-18 09:42

      I have willpower. If I want a donut, I will have one. How's that?

  • fatimah.mavuso - 2012-10-18 07:24

    true hey

  • Robert Frankol - 2012-10-18 07:34

    too much junk foods

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-18 07:42

    Yes, we don't get enough exercise, but most of the people also do not understand what is in the food, knowing the names, what is it doing and what to avoid. You get bombarded with fancy names and explanations, but when going to a shop none of those get remembered or make sense. Neither can you trust all the labeling. Preservation are also a big sinner, but most, if not all, food will have it or was subjected to it at a stage. Yes, the food last longer, but than the same counts when it is in your body in your body. It is like put sand into a drain. The filtering is lowing down. I believe that people must also be made more aware of gluten. I am guilty on the above said and I am sure I am not alone.

  • Blackpoison - 2012-10-18 07:52

    Sounds like they're talking about government...mostly all of them are overweight and in denial about everything.

  • nicki.earle - 2012-10-18 10:17

    There is really no excuse! We have become a lazy nation who enjoy watching too much tv and playing computer games. It should be a crime to allow your child to become overweight based on the diet you give them. Life will just pass you by if you are not willing to get out there and live a healthier lifestyle. You don't have to be stick-thin, just maintain a healthy weight. Lets not become a nation of fatties..

  • jody.beggs - 2012-10-18 10:46

    Junk foot outlets must be closed and only healthy food served , if people want to eat crap , make it more difficult . Or create a sin tax on junk food , like cigarette's and alcohol ... But while your at it , free the weed ... Damn the man.

  • cdobo69 - 2012-10-18 10:50

    Its obvious that if obesity levels are increasing yearly then one must first focus on the quality of ones food intake - stay away from: processed starches/gluton such as breads,pastas,biscuits,pies,anything with factory processed flour, sugars, sugary drinks, processed cheap oils. Focus on grass fed red meat, chicken, fish, lots of vegetables, small amount of fruit, nuts/seeds - cook rather with coconut oil and use extra virgin for salads. Don't be afraid of saturated fats as your body needs some of these , also focus on poy/mono unsaturated fats - avos, nuts olives etc. Your plate must include fats as these fill you up more than simple carbs. Include cardio and weight training a few times per week = healthy and fit.

      hiebner - 2012-10-18 22:48

      cdobo sensible advise. I have lost 30kgs over a period of 18 months, and every single aspect of my life changed for the better. Losing weight is a LIFESTYLE, not a quick fix, and then back to gorging again!

  • joy.termorshuizen - 2012-10-18 11:43

    The obesity problem is caused by the American dietetic association and by dieticians who tell people to eat a hi carb low fat diet! We have been fed a bill of goods for many years and the researc done was hidden becuase the medical profession did not like the answers. People who are carb intolernt ( latest researc shows that 50 % of the poulation could be affected) should not avoid carbs including all forms of sugar.I have personal experience of this so I can attest to the fact that when I consulted a dietician to find out why I could not loose weight despite virtually starving myself, she told me to eat oats for breakfast and a banana which would equal more carbs in one meal than I should have in 3 days. Since I found out the real facts, that I am carb intolerant, I have lost 10 likos without effort and I am NEVER hungry.

      sadiemy - 2012-10-18 13:11

      Me too. Cut out bread, pasta and potato and white rice and biscuits etc. Ate high fat Greek yoghurt with muesli for breakfast, and lost 10kg in three months. That is all.

  • joy.termorshuizen - 2012-10-18 11:48

    Oops. I meant avoid carbs .....

  • michelle.skinner.9212 - 2012-10-18 14:40

    Not been able to control your eating habits is simply a matter of no self respect. Once you've gained more than 15kg's surely the alarm bells should start ringing, if not i guess you just grab another slice of whateva is your craving of choice!!!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-10-18 16:55

    I think...the day that transport was invented, was when our exercise in walking to the shops stopped,this turned us into folks that will take the CAR out the garage to fetch bread and milk if we run out....CRAZY....a walk is so beneficial,you actually feel alive,muscles free up and even the brain functions clearer. South Africans, start a walking program....after 6 weeks..1/2 a hour a day...4 times a week, you feel's worth the effort.

  • Arie Vd Plaats - 2013-04-18 04:22

    Obesity can Only be the result of overeating in some manner or the other. Additional weight can ONLY come through what is intaken through the mouth. There is NO other way. This is the explained by the scientific theorema "mass and energy cannot be destroyed, but mass may be converted into energy." Excess mass that cannot be turned into energy is turned into fat and as such carried by the body as overweight or obesity - the result of over eating. A persons metabolism may be out of whack but only "overeating" even under such conditions causes obesity - NOTHING ELSE.

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