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Normalization of “plus size” increases obesity risk

New research from the University of East Anglia has found the “normalization” of plus-size body shapes has resulted in more and more people underestimating their weight. The study, which focuses on British citizens and was published in the journal Obesity, serves as a warning to residents of the U.S. and those around the globe. Learn more about this research to inspire your Phentermine 37.5mg efforts:

A Problem That Has Increased Over Time

The study found the number of overweight individuals with distorted perceptions about their body mass index has increased over the last few years, from 24.5% to 30.6% in women and 48.4% to 57.9% in men between 1997 and 2015. This research follows a 2017 report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) showing 63% of adults in the UK are overweight or obese.

“Seeing the huge potential of the fuller-sized fashion market, retailers may have contributed to the normalization of being overweight and obese,” said Dr. Raya Muttarak, a senior lecturer in UEA’s School of International Development. “While this type of body positive movement helps reduce stigmatization of larger-sized bodies, it can potentially undermine the recognition of being overweight and its health consequences. The increase in weight misperception in England is alarming and possibly a result of this normalization.”

Lower Income & Education Levels

This normalization is most prevalent among sections of the population with less education and income.

“The causes of socioeconomic inequalities in obesity are complex. Not only does access to health care services matter, but socioeconomic determinants related to living and working conditions and health literacy also substantially influence health and health behaviors,” said Dr. Muttarak. “Given the price of healthier foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables are higher than processed and energy-dense foods in this country, as a sociologist, I feel these inequalities should be addressed. The continuing problem of people underestimating their weight reflects unsuccessful interventions of health professionals in tackling the overweight and obesity issue.”

Perhaps health officials will use this research to find new ways of emphasizing the direct link between obesity and health problems.
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