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South Africa - Female obesity prevalence as a share of female ages 18+

39.6 (%) in 2016

In 2016, female obesity prevalence for South Africa was 39.6 %. Female obesity prevalence of South Africa increased from 28.4 % in 1997 to 39.6 % in 2016 growing at an average annual rate of 1.77 %.

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What is female obesity prevalence?

Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. A crude population measure of obesity is the body mass index (BMI), a person’s weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of his or her height (in metres). A person with a BMI of 30 or more is generally considered obese. A person with a BMI equal to or more than 25 is considered overweight. Overweight and obesity are major risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Once considered a problem only in high income countries, overweight and obesity are now dramatically on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings.

What is South Africa female obesity prevalence?

Date Value Change, %
2016 39.6 1.54 %
2015 39.0 1.30 %
2014 38.5 1.58 %
2013 37.9 1.61 %
2012 37.3 1.36 %
2011 36.8 1.66 %
2010 36.2 1.69 %
2009 35.6 1.71 %
2008 35.0 1.74 %
2007 34.4 1.78 %
2006 33.8 1.81 %
2005 33.2