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Waist Circumference Going Up On U.S Adults

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Yep. People really are fatter. A recent analysis of obesity data from 1988 to 2004 shows waist circumference has been on a continual rise for the last 15 years.

In a fascinating compilation of obesity data from 1988 to 1994, The Center For Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion out of Atlanta has uncovered what may be the most significant predictor of our collective health in the years to come.

The study examines data from the National Health and Nutrition Exam Survey from 1988 to 1994, and 1999 to 2000, 2001 to 2003 and 2003 to 2004.

In the wake of a spat of recent studies that show abdominal circumference may be the best predictor for obesity related disease risks such as type 2 diabetes, this study is the weight loss equivalent of a global warming alarm.

Between 1988 and 2004, the average waist circumference among men increased from 96 cm to 100.4 cm. Among women during the same period, average waist circumference went from 89 to 94cm.

To put this in perspective, the average women’s waist size today is almost equal to what the average man’s was 15 years ago.