According to recently released data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost half of all women across the country are obese. Obesity among women is growing. This suggests that women are becoming overweight and obese at a faster rate than men. This was shown in the obesity report the CDC conducts once every two years.
The study showed that 41 percent of women in the U.S. are currently obese, whereas 35 percent of men in the country are obese, showing a rise in the rate among women but keeping men at about the same rate they’d experienced in the previous study. The question that now needs to be answered on this subject is why growing rates of obesity among women is occurring, and why it is happening more dramatically than for men.
The results are actually quite surprising when taking into consideration that women have a greater likelihood to select the more healthful meals when eating out at restaurants. Women typically also eat fewer calories than men and they go to the gym more frequently than their male counterparts. If this is all true, then why are men keeping up the same obesity rate while women are watching their waistlines expand?
According to National Center for Weight and Wellness director, Scott Kahan, M.D., M.P.H, who is also an obesity researcher, the answers simply are not yet known for certain. That said, Kahan did indicate that growing obesity among women isn’t actually a new one. He pointed out that women have always had a larger amount of body fat than men and they have always seen a faster increase in their obesity rate than men. What is notable about the current statistics is that the difference between the rates seen by men and by women is growing.
Kahan believes that the true issue is in the health risks associated with being overweight and obese and that they are now placing nearly half of all women in danger of their health. He believes that there are two primary factors to blame. Those factors are biology and environment. He stated that our society currently encourages a lack of physical activity in conjunction with the consumption of a large amount of food. As women are exposed to more life changes that boost their chances of weight gain – such as having a baby and going through menopause – this means that they are also at a greater risk of being affected by that lifestyle.