Female obesity soars over a decade
The standardised morbidity ratio for morbid obesity also rose by 69% over the same period, BMI analysis of women from the Barwon area discovered.
Prevalence of morbid obesity (BMI ≥40.0) was calculated at 2.5% in nearly 1500 women (aged 20–94) studied between 1993–97 and 4.2% in more than 1000 women studied between 2004–08.
The mean BMI of 26 increased by 4% to 27.1 over this period and the odds of morbid obesity increased by 76% in the second group.
The researchers from Deakin University said the growing prevalence of morbid obesity was an important issue as health risks and obesity