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source: www.icn.ch/matters_
obesity.htm


www.icn.ch/matters_obesity.htm

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Africa & Latin America

Obesity is no longer just a western disease. It is becoming a problem in the developing world…

Africa
  • In Sub-Saharan Africa, where most of the world’s hungry live, obesity has reached a level of 30%, an increase especially seen amongst urban women.


  • In small studies in Africa you will find that 0.7% of children are showing features of malnutrition, but over 3% are overweight or obese.
country % age
Saudi Arabia 16 <14
Morocco 15/20 4
Egypt > 25 4
Zambia 15/20 4
South Africa 12/16 teens*


Latin America
  • In Brazil and Columbia, obesity hovers around 40%;


  • Brazilian per capita sugar consumption is 53 kg a year, surpassed only by the United States, where it is 58 to 60 kg of sugar a year, if one includes corn syrup.

*In Cape Town.

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