Cape Town takes the prize as South Africa’s healthiest city!

Cape Town has the highest number of people who are a healthy weight, plus they purchase the most fruit and veggies. #HEALTHYLIVING

This is according to the Discovery Vitality ObeCity Index 2017.

The number of people who die each year as a result of being overweight or obese (4.5 million) is now more than the number of worldwide deaths linked to being underweight.

People with an unhealthy bodyweight incur a direct increase in healthcare costs of approximately R4 400 per person per year. Dr Craig Nossel, Head of Vitality Wellness.

In addition to health concerns, obesity impacts the global economy. R16.4 trillion is lost each year, which is roughly equivalent to the impact from smoking or wars globally.

The economic impact of obesity in South Africa is estimated to be R701 billion each year.

unhealthiest city south africa



  1. Cape Town
  2. Johannesburg
  3. Durban
  4. Pretoria
  5. Bloemfontein
  6. Port Elizabeth


AUTHOR/ TEXT SUPPLIED:  Lindsay Hartmann, Senior Reputation Manager at Discovery Vitality