The obesity rate is rising for US women. For the first time, 40 percent of women are considered extremely overweight in the United States.
The obesity rate for U.S. women is on the rise. Recent research published in JAMA shows that 4 of 10 American women are obese now. However, the obesity rate in men has not increased much. It has stayed about the same in the past ten years.
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In 2005-06, around 35 percent women were obese. The rate has climbed up to 40 percent in 2013-14. Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more is considered obese and the percentage of extremely overweight woman has also gone up from 7.4 percent in 2005-06 to 9.9 percent in 2013-14.
The numbers are based on government survey that is intended to observe changes in obesity rates in different groups over the past decade. The obesity rate in U.S. women is higher than men with 35% of men and 40% of women are classified obese now. Over the same period, obesity rate for children and adolescents have also increased to 17%, while 6 percent of them are extremely obese, according to a separate report.
Both the reports suggests that U.S obesity epidemic continues to grow despite of spending hundreds of millions of dollars into research, clinical trials and programs aiming to cut down the obesity rate nationwide.
Obesity remains a public health concern,” said Cynthia Ogden, an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who was involved in both reports.
“Our study didn't look at why, we just looked at the trends to see what was happening.”
According to World Health Organization (WHO), 15% of women and 11% of men are obese worldwide. The recent reports suggest that both men and women in United States are struggling badly to maintain the same rate. They include not only marginally overweight but also those who are severely obese. And severe obesity can trigger diabetes, heart disease and other serious health issues.
“Given all the high-profile attention to the obesity epidemic in America, even by those in the White House, we might be surprised and appalled that, overall, obesity rates are rising, not falling and that the best news in the mix is stabilization of alarmingly high rates in a few select groups.” Dr. David Katz from Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, who was not part of any of the studies said.
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The exact reason for this increase in obesity particularly in women is not known and also whether it will accelerate or plateau in the future. Researchers suggest that more research is needed to figure out the reasons for the continuing obesity epidemic.