Urban obesity in Africa
Descriptive results showed that the prevalence of urban overweight/obesity increased by nearly 35% during the period covered. The increase was higher among the poorest (+50%) than among the richest (+7%). Importantly, there was an increase of 45-50% among the non-educated and primary-educated women, compared to a drop of 10% among women with secondary education or higher.
The study covers results from the period 1992 to 2005, so it’s not a new development but something that has been going on for a while. These are results from the US, you say? In that case, you’d be wrong; they are from Kenya, Niger, Malawi ect. I was very surprised to learn this, but apparently the urban (poor) population of Africa is getting fatter too.
Of course the link is to Razib Khan’s great blog on scienceblogs.
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