“Global differences between women and men in the prevalence of obesity”


An article by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Global differences between women and men in the prevalence of obesity:
is there an association with gender inequality?

Background/objectives:

In most populations the prevalence of obesity is greater in women than in men; however, the magnitude of the difference between the sexes varies significantly by country. We considered the role of gender inequality in explaining these disparities.

Results:

We found that the prevalence of obesity across countries shows gendered patterning with greater prevalence and greater heterogeneity in women than in men (P<0.001). We also found that two of three measures of gender inequality were significantly associated with the sex differences in obesity prevalence across countries.

 

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