Female obesity up by two-thirds in a decade

The standardised morbidity ratio for morbid obesity also rose by 69%, BMI analysis of women found.

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 and the odds of morbid obesity increased by 76% in the second group.

“Unless the modern obesogenic environment is addressed, obesity-related