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Nearly half of American women are now obese

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Obesity is growing among American women. (MLazarevski/Flickr)

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.

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Nearly half of American women are now obese

Christina Buff

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.

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