Fighting childhood obesity

  • Zandile June-Rose Mchiza Medical Research Council South Africa
  • Eleni Maria Winifred Maunder Bournemouth University


This South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition (SAJCN) issue comes at a time when childhood obesity is attracting considerable attention in the country. South Africa is a middle-income country and regarded as being in the final stage of nutrition transition.1 Thus, while successive national surveys in South Africa have shown some decrease in the prevalence of undernutrition, particularly underweight, in children, the prevalence of chronic overnourishment (overweight and obesity) is growing progressively and is a public health concern. This was highlighted in the recently released report of the 2012 South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES-1),2 which concluded that “interventions are needed to address the dual problems of chronic undernutrition (stunting) and the rapidly rising trend of overweight and obesity in children in South Africa”.

Author Biographies

Zandile June-Rose Mchiza, Medical Research Council South Africa
PhD Senior Specialist Scientist Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle Unit Medical Research Council
Eleni Maria Winifred Maunder, Bournemouth University
PhD Visiting Fellow Bournemouth University; Professor Emeritus University of KwaZulu-Natal
How to Cite
Mchiza, Z., & Maunder, E. (2013). Fighting childhood obesity. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 26(3), 100-102. Retrieved from