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.


January 1, 2010 - Posted by | Africa, Data, Demographics

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