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Study: 40 Percent Of American Women Are Obese

| by Michael Allen
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A new study has found that 40 percent of American women were obese in 2013-2014, while 35 percent of men were obese during the same time span.

"Our study didn't look at why, we just looked at the trends to see what was happening," said Cynthia Ogden, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

"It’s a really alarming figure — alarming that it’s continuing to go up despite government calls to action on weight loss and healthy eating," Dana Hunnes, a dietitian specializing in obesity, told the New York Post.

A second study found that teen obesity is increasing slightly, notes HealthDay News.

Both of the studies were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on June 7.

Thirty-eight percent of American adults were obese in 2013-2014, while almost 8 percent were extremely obese. When broken down by sex, 5.5 percent of men were in the "extremely" camp, while almost 10 percent of women were.

Interestingly, male smokers were less likely to be obese, while women who had an education beyond high school were also less likely.

From 2011-2014, 17 percent of children were obese, and almost 6 percent were extremely obese.

"We continue to aggressively market [the] food and drink most implicated in obesity and chronic disease," Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, told HealthDay News.

"We live in a culture where we know food is willfully engineered to be all but addictive, but express no outrage and take no action," Katz added. "We lament epidemic obesity even as we propagate it. We could fix this any time we decide we care enough about it to bother trying."

The study for the adults stated: "Between 1980 and 2000, the prevalence of obesity increased significantly among adult men and women in the United States; further significant increases were observed through 2003-2004 for men but not women. Subsequent comparisons of data from 2003-2004 with data through 2011-2012 showed no significant increases for men or women."

Sources: HealthDay News, Journal of the American Medical Association, New York Post / Photo credit: Mallinaltzin/Wikimedia

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