Updated 14 October 2013

BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life shows the effects of obesity

National Obesity Week runs from 15 – 19 October and aims to increase awareness about the widespread impact of obesity on the lives of ordinary South Africans.

National Obesity Week runs from 15 – 19 October and aims to increase awareness about the widespread impact of obesity on the lives of ordinary South Africans.The most recent statistics from the SA Medical Research Council indicate that 70% of adult women over the age of 35 are overweight or obese. Men are not that far behind, with some 40% of all males above the age of 35 being overweight.

BODY WORLDS and The Cycle of Life, the first anatomical exhibition of its kind to display real human remains, is unwittingly helping visitors lead healthier lifestyles. Thanks to a display that features a longitudinal slice of an obese person; the extraordinary pressure obesity places on the body is clearly illustrated. Obesity increases the risk for chronic diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and some forms of cancer; it especially puts strain on the heart.

Independent surveys conducted at the BODY WORLDS exhibitions have revealed that 68 percent of visitors resolved to pay more attention to their physical health after seeing the exhibition. A long-term survey showed that 33% have followed a healthier diet and 25% have engaged in more sports activities, since their visit to the exhibition.

With over 38 million visitors all over the world, the organisers of BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life are convinced that when people understand more about how the body works and how it can break down, they are more likely to choose healthy and sustainable lifestyles.

There are only a few exhibitions in the world that so dramatically change the way we see ourselves. BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life offers an unforgettable and intriguing peek under our skin to learn how amazing our body truly is and how important it is to look after it.

So take care of the one and only body you have and visit BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, now on display at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand (until 24 November 2013).

This is your last chance to see the exhibition in South Africa, as BODY WORLDS returns to Europe at the end of November!

Date:                           Until Sunday, 24 November 2013

Venue:                         Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit (The Paddocks) Midrand, Gauteng

Ticket Prices:                Adults: R140.00 per person

Concessions Seniors (60+)/ Students (18+): R110.00 per person

Children (Ages 6-17): R90.00 per person

Children (5 and younger): Free

Family Tickets (2 Adults & 2 Children): R400.00

Ticket Sales:                 Tickets available from the venue or online from webtickets (it is essential to book online for weekends and holidays as these tickets are often sold out in advance on these days.)
Group Bookings:         Tel: 071 547 5558 /

Opening Times:            Doors open every day 09:00 to 17:00 (last admission).
                                  Doors close 1.5 hours after last admission.
                                  Hours subject to change –

For more information on the venue, dates, times, the process of plastination, free downloadable guides to assist with educating your learners and family and much more, visit




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