Nearly half of American women are now obese
Obesity in the US is out of control, especially among women. Obesity rates among females have been continuously rising for decades--and they're now at 40%.
Yes, almost half of American women are obese.
For almost 30 years, obesity rates among men and women in the US were steadily going up. But the men have finally plateaued. Women, on the other hand, are getting fatter faster.
What exactly does "obese" mean? Basically, having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. For a visual, a woman who is 5'9" weighing over 203 pounds is considered obese. BMI isn't a 100% accurate measure of health and doesn't show a person's amount of body fat, but the numbers are still staggering. So 40% of women being obese is an epidemic.
At the same time, there's also a robust fat acceptance movement.
‘Just because we’re plus size, doesn’t mean we have to prove that we’re healthy, just as someone who is smaller than us or average size doesn’t have to prove they are healthy. We should be able to exist in our bodies. I am technically healthy but my body is no more valid than someone’s who isn’t." Shot by @alexcayleystudio for @telegraph out now ? I was 7 months pregnant in these photos & loved every moment ?? Grab your copy or check it is online ?? #effyourbeautystandards
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Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.