by E. Craig, J.J. Reilly and R. Bland
J Public Health (2015) – First published online: March 4, 2015
Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges currently facing individuals, communities and governments throughout the world and has reached epidemic proportions. Often considered an issue primarily affecting high-income, developed countries, the childhood obesity epidemic is now a global problem, and its impact is increasingly evident in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), particularly in urban settings. This cross-sectional study aimed to determine risk factors of overweight and obesity in a rural, African area. The study suggests that pre-adolescent/adolescent females may be the most appropriate targets of future interventions aimed at preventing obesity in rural South Africa.