04 October 2010

Fat nation: why are we in denial?

A recent national health survey has found that South Africans are in denial over their weight. DietDoc searches for answers.

A while ago, we discussed the results of a national health survey undertaken by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) that came up with the shocking finding that South Africans are “the third fattest nation in the world” (Skade, 2010). In addition to the gloomy statistics indicating that 61% of adults are overweight, obese, or morbidly obese, the study also found that most of these people are in denial and regard themselves as ‘healthy’.

  • 78% are of the opinion that they are ‘somewhat healthy or very healthy’
  • 52% of morbidly obese subjects think they are ‘somewhat healthy or very healthy’
  • 42% are not concerned about their health
  • Only 47% acknowledge that exercise and physical fitness is critical to health and achieving a normal weight

(Health24, 2010) 


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