n South African Gastroenterology Review - Editorial




Obesity is a global epidemic and has become an increasing problem in developing countries such as South Africa. The overall prevalence of being overweight (BMI >25) and obesity (BMI >30) in South Africa is high, with more than 29% of men and 56% of women being classified as overweight or obese. Obesity and its co-morbidities negatively impacts on the lives of many South Africans and the burden of the disease further contributes to increasing healthcare costs.


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