Which African countries have the highest child obesity rates?
Estimates show that the number of overweight children in Africa increased by more than 50% between 2000 and 2015. Twenty-four countries have rates of 3% to 10%. The highest rates are in Algeria (12.4%), Botswana (11.2%), the Comoros (10.9%), Seychelles (10.2%) and South Africa (10.9%). The data is from a WHO report published in 2017. It uses data from national surveys in 47 countries. The organisation points out the critical gaps in available nutrition data stating that for 19 out of the 47 countries, nutrition data reflects the situation in 2012 or prior and in two countries, the survey data predates 2000.