THE latest South African Demographic and Health Survey conducted in 2016 has revealed that 68% of South African women, 31% of men, and 13% of children are overweight.
It also says that four in 10 people are considered obese, and one in five women qualify as severely obese.
The Cambridge Weight Plan, a weight-loss programme developed in the United Kingdom, was launched in South Africa during National Obesity Week to help combat the country’s growing obesity epidemic.
National Obesity Week took place between 15 and 19 October, and is a government-backed initiative to raise awareness among South Africans of the health risks associated with being overweight.
It aims to encourage South Africans to take more responsibility for their health and well-being.
Obesity is a condition where a person has too much body fat and it might have a negative effect on their health.
If your Body Mass Index is between 25 and 29.9, you are considered to be overweight, whereas if it falls above that you are considered to be obese.
While obesity is seen as a sign of wealth and prosperity by some South Africans, the reality is that it’s life-threatening.
It’s one of the leading causes of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, strokes, and cancer.
The rise in the country’s obesity rates has been attributed to several factors, including the increasing urbanisation of our population, higher levels of disposable income that’s spent on unhealthy food and alcohol, fast-paced lifestyles, and increased inactivity.
The plan offers scientifically-developed weight-loss programmes that helps men and women do what they need to do to regain control over their weight through healthy eating, exercise, and support.
The options that the Cambridge Weight Plan offers are many.
Participants are paired with their own consultant, who helps them determine which programme will suit their lifestyles best.
They can opt for a Total Diet Replacement, which replaces every meal with specially-developed meals, or choose instead to go with a programme that includes healthy eating alongside meal replacements.
The programme offers a step-by-step guide to the weight loss experience.As of next week, with the help of a consultant, South Africans have the opportunity to take the right steps to begin their weightloss journey.
To celebrate the arrival of the programme in South Africa,
For more information on the Cambridge Weight Plan, one can visit
will be giving away a 7-day free trial to the first 10 clients to sign up at their Parktown centre during National Obesity week from the 15th to the 19th October.
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