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South Africa - Male obesity prevalence as a share if male population ages 18+

15.4 (%) in 2016

In 2016, male obesity prevalence for South Africa was 15.4 %. Between 1997 and 2016, male obesity prevalence of South Africa grew substantially from 6.5 to 15.4 % rising at an increasing annual rate that reached a maximum of 6.15 % in 1998 and then decreased to 4.05 % in 2016.

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What is male 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 male obesity prevalence?

Date Value Change, %
2016 15.4 4.05 %
2015 14.8 4.23 %
2014 14.2 4.41 %
2013 13.6 4.62 %
2012 13.0 4.00 %
2011 12.5 4.17 %
2010 12.0 4.35 %
2009 11.5 4.55 %
2008 11.0 4.76 %
2007 10.5 5.00 %
2006 10.0 4.17 %
2005 9.6