Tanzania: Obesity more prevalent in women
Around 25% of women in the Kinondoni municipality, Dar es Salaam are obese, compared to around 9% of men, according to new research. Also, obesity was more prevalent in people with high socioeconomic status (29%), compared to medium or low socioeconomic status (14% and 11%, respectively). Compared to single people, people who were married or cohabitating with someone else were more likely to be obese; however, widows and widowers were also at a greater risk for obesity. The overall obesity prevalence in the Kinondoni municipality (19%) is higher compared to other parts of the country, and suggests the obesity prevalence in Tanzania is on the rise.
"Prevalence of obesity and associated risk factors among adults in Kinondoni municipal district, Dar es Salaam Tanzania"
BMC Public Health 2011; 11:365 (open access)
Date Posted: 24 May 2011