Socio-cultural, environmental and behavioural determinants of obesity in black South African women

31 Oct 2013 - 11:15

South Africa is undergoing a rapid epidemiological transition and has the highest prevalence of obesity in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), with black women being the most affected (obesity prevalence 31.8%).

Although genetic factors are important, socio-cultural, environmental and behavioural factors and the influence of socio-economic status are more likely to explain the high prevalence of obesity.

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