oa South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition - Understanding the determinants of obesity : editorial

Volume 21, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1607-0658
  • E-ISSN: 2221-1268



In this issue of the SAJCN, Malhotra et al report on determinants of obesity in an urban township. This is a welcome addition to the current pool of knowledge as there is paucity of data on obesity in African townships, although there is a fair amount of literature on obesity in developing countries. Firstly, the findings indicate that some 52% of men and 80% of women had a BMI greater than 25 kg/m2. Secondly, their findings indicate that female gender and being married were associated with a high BMI and large waist circumference. Additionally, recent migration was associated with a smaller waist circumference. Interestingly, the level of physical activity was not associated with BMI or waist circumference.

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