WC to tackle obesity

The Western Cape will embark on a new project to help people lead healthy lifestyles.

The Western Cape will embark on a new project to help residents lead healthy lifestyles.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Health Department says the province has higher levels of inactivity, smoking and obesity than the national average.

Premier Helen Zille has now tasked a group of researchers to find ways for people to lead healthier lives.

University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers together with non-governmental organisation, Ideas42, will pilot the R1 million Behaviour Change Project.

Zille's spokesperson Zak Mbhele said the money will cover both research and the practical implementation of pilot programmes.

"The R1 million that has been allocated for this Behaviour Change Project covers not only healthy lifestyles but three other areas of safety and climate change as well as after school programmes."

A study which was released in 2012 revealed that most overweight people were in denial.

It showed that around 78 percent of obese and 52 percent of morbidly obese people in South Africa consider themselves to be healthy.

According to Profmed, 61 percent of South Africans were either overweight or obese.