A new study is reporting that US waistlines continue to grow with women widening faster than men. The waists of men, women, blacks, whites and Mexican Americans all grew significantly from 1999 to 2012, researchers from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA. The average waist size grew more than an inch — from 37.6 inches to 38.8 inches — between 1999 and 2012, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers found.
Despite an increase in the discussion of obesity health concerns and health and fitness education, obesity rates are not declining. The average man’s waist grew from 38.9 inches to 39.7 inches; the average woman’s belly expanded even more, from 36.3 inches to 37.8 inches. According to the study, 54 percent of Americans are now considered abdominally obese.
The one positive bit of news is that child and teen obesity rates did not raise, but remained steady at 18 percent.