Characterisation of gene-lifestyle interactions associated with obesity-related traits in African populations


  • Dr Tinashe Chikowore

    University of the Witwatersrand

Project summary

A third of the estimated 7.4 billion people worldwide will be overweight or obese by 2030. People with excess weight are at higher risk of developing a wide range of morbidities and premature death. Obesity is costly for African populations and poses a threat to economic development due to the high medical care costs associated with it. 

We will investigate genetic and lifestyle factors that interact to increase the prevalence of obesity in African populations, such as diet, physical activity, alcohol, smoking and sleep, as well as sex-specific differences. 
Our findings will yield insights that will guide the prevention and treatment of obesity.