• Sat, Jan 1 2011

Obesity and STD Rates Rising In American Women

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Check out this post about a recent women’s health study on That’s Fit.

While fewer American women are smoking and dying from heart disease and stroke, there have been disturbing setbacks in women’s health in the U.S. over the last decade.

The newly released 2010 edition of Making the Grade on Women’s Health: a National and State-by-State Report Card, developed by the National Women’s Law Center and the Oregon Health & Science University, showed that more women are suffering from obesity, high blood pressure and sexually transmitted diseases. In addition, more women are engaging in riskier behaviors, like binge drinking and failing to obtain regular health screenings for conditions like cervical cancer.

“We’ve been collecting this data for 10 years,” Dr. Michelle Berlin, vice chairwoman of obstetrics and gynecology and associate director for the Center for Women’s Health at OHSU, told AOL Health. “The lack of progress is shocking.”

Among the more disturbing data is the increase in binge drinking among American women. Binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks on one occasion.

Berlin said that though the increase may in part be due to differences in the way the federal government tracks this kind of data, she doesn’t believe that’s the sole reason for the spike. She theorizes that it may be a response to stress, which could be exacerbated by the still sluggish economy.

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