by Susan Kemp

Fabulous of flabbiness?

South Africans continue to fight the bulge

Obesity is a big issue
Fighting the bulge

New research indicates 78 percent of obese and 52 percent of morbidly obese people believe they are in good shape. The statistics however, tell a different story – a dilemma for those who have medical aid as insurance premiums are often higher for those carrying excessive kilos.

However, Profmed’s CEO Graham Anderson, indicated that obese patients face extra risks when going under the knife. 

“They need to be fit for surgery and they need to be fit to take the anaesthetic. If you have a number of chronic conditions as well as obesity, your risk of going under anaesthetic and undergoing surgery are exponentially higher.”

He said 61 percent of the nation is on the heavy end of the scale, but many don't admit that their weight is an issue.

“I think there are people who just don’t do anything about it, they’re eager to have that extra piece of chocolate or milkshake and they don’t exercise. People underestimate the importance of exercise, not only for your weight, but for all your other chronic conditions like your blood pressure or diabetes.”

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