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Women more overweight than men.

Women More Overweight Than Men

Females have been taking on body fat faster than males. It's a statistic that has been growing for several decades. Not only has there been an increase in average body mass in women eighteen to thirty-four years of age, but the number of women considered obese and overweight has also increased.

The study, based on national health surveys, found a general rise in body mass among women even when increases in height were considered. The reasons have not yet been defined, but the trend toward obesity is highest among black women and those caucasians with lower educational levels.

The researchers, issuing their study results under the auspices of Penn State University's Milton Hershey Medical Center, noted that while obesity among white women rose from 13.3 percent of the population from 1960 to 1980, the percentage of obese black women increased from 28.8 to 31 percent.

No differences in weight gain between black and white men during that period was apparent.

Dr. Katherine M. Flegal, one of the researchers, speculated that the body weight of women seems to be more affected by social factors than that of men because of career and marital expectations, images portrayed in the media, and other concepts.
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Publication:Nutrition Health Review
Date:Sep 22, 1990
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