10 Million Tanzanians Are Overweight and Obese


Nearly 10 million Tanzanians are overweight with a large proportion among them being obese, according to the 2016 Global Nutrition Report which was released worldwide.

The latest ‘Global Nutrition Report,’ states that over 26 per cent of the Tanzania’s adult population are overweight, and 7 per cent others obese, thus putting them at higher risk for noncommunicable diseases such as heart ailments.

The related study also indicates that the country’s residents keep gaining weight with each passing day thus the future of ‘fat people,’ seems to be at threshold.

Broadcast live through special teleconference, on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, the report, which outlines major nutrition and health findings around the world, revealed that 34 per cent of the women population in Tanzania was overweight and 11 per cent of the ladies happen to be obese.

According to the Report, Tanzanian men were better at watching their waistline because it was only 17 per cent who were found to be overweight and just 3 per cent getting obese. Children and Adolescent data were not readily available.

The country’s estimated 2016 population is 52 million with adults said to be around 30 million. Speakers during the online report launch include Mr Lawrence Haddad, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute; Dr Corinna Hawkes, Director of the Centre for Food Policy, City University London; and Dr Emorn Udomkesmalee, Senior Advisor, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand.

The nutrition report, which covered each country specifically, also indicated that over 40 per cent of women of reproductive age in Tanzania are anaemic, which translates to iron deficiency.

During pregnancies, anaemia can lead to maternal death as well as causing stillbirths, prematurity and low birth weight. Of the countries assessed in the report, Tanzania was found to have the lowest coverage rate of iron supplementation in children under five.

Apparently, Tanzania, according to the report, is among the group of 12 countries that receive more than half of all global nutrition funding.

Overall, the new 2016 Global Nutrition Report addressing issues of malnutrition in the world population summed that; ‘Malnutrition – from stunting to obesity – is becoming the “new norm” across the world and, along with diet, is the number one driver of the global burden of disease.

The report also shows that the world is off track in reaching its targets to end all forms of malnutrition by 2030.

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