Study: 30% of SA’s teenage girls obese

The report found the problem is not as big with teenage boys.

FILE: An estimated 30 percent of teenage girls in South Africa are obese, the new Healthy Child Report Card shows. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.

CAPE TOWN - An estimated 30 percent of teenage girls in South Africa are obese compared to their male counterparts, a new Healthy Child Report Card revealed on Friday.

The report looks at obesity levels.

This year's children received a 'D' grade as far as weight is concerned.

Vitality chief at Discovery Health Doctor Craig Nossel says girls are a bit more lethargic compared to boys.

"Twenty-seven percent of girls are actually overweight and boys are about nine percent. In the younger generation of girls, they tend to retain their weight whereas boys lose it as they grow up."

Nossel says a lack of physical activity is a massive contributor to obesity.

"Many girls don't engage in sport as a physical activity. Boys' social interaction is around sport."