Prison diet a health hazard for women

The UK authors analysed 31 studies and found that male prisoners were less likely (by 13–67%) to be obese than males in the general population, while female prisoners were 18% more likely to be obese than non-imprisoned women in the US and Australia but not in the UK. 

The authors also found that UK prisoners were less likely to achieve recommended guidelines for physical activity, compared to Australian prisoners and with the general UK population.

Diet could explain the gender differences as female prisoners were often supplied with a diet designed for males, they said.

Lancet 2012; online