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Teenage girls getting even fatter: Now a staggering 60% are OBESE

Friday, December 06, 2013

* Waist of average 15-year-old girl has expanded nearly 13cm in 20 years
* Some 25% are even obese by ADULT standards
* Fat around the stomach is riskier than elsewhere on the body
* Has a more direct effect on vital organs

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  • RUSSELL_40
    Yes, I live just north of Detroit, and half the city is unemployed, and half is illiterate. Probably not a coincidence. Neither is the fact that it is the 2nd fattest city in America, behind Dallas, or Houston. I can't remember which. It's in Texas though.

    They do not have the money to eat healthy, because none of them have jobs, and many of them that do, drive 2 hours by bus ( 10 miles north ), to get to work, and back, and get discounted meals from the burger places they work at.

    I think that if we look at waist circumference instead of BMI, the obesity epidemic, which was already at staggering proportions, becomes a lot worse. I find it frustrating that nothing they do works, yet they persist in continuing to say it does.
    1654 days ago
    Interesting! I think waist circumference is a much better indicator than BMI which does not even distinguish between fat and muscle. I believe there are huge regional differences here, too. At my daughter's High school less than 40% of girls are overweight, probably less than 15% are obese. Of course that is still way too high. This is in a middle class neighborhood with above average education and income levels.
    I suspect there are school districts where the figures are much higher than the ones given in the article.
    1654 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/6/2013 4:35:20 PM
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