Check out this post about obesity in women by Deborah Huso on AOL Health.
Despite the fact that obesity rates are on the rise in the U.S., many women, in particular, often think their weight is healthy even when it’s not.
And a new study out of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston shows that such misperceptions about one’s weight could be a deadly error, leading women to continue to eat poorly, gain more weight and eventually develop the complications of obesity, including diabetes and hypertension.
Researchers report that almost 25 percent of overweight women of child-bearing age don’t believe they’re overweight, or at least not to a degree that is dangerous. On the other hand, 16 percent of normal weight women also misperceive their body weight, often leading them to pursue dangerous and unnecessary dieting habits. The researchers’ data is published in the December issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
“We were not surprised by the study results,” corresponding author Dr. Mahbubur Rahman, assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology and Center for Interdiscliplinary Research in Women’s Health, told AOL Health. That’s in part because as the nation’s obesity rate grows, it becomes more socially acceptable to be overweight and the truth can become more obscured.
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