A new study on obesity among women in Southern India has been released by the Council of Social Dev., Hyderabad. As per the report, the rise in obese women is highest in TN. At the national level, one-fourth of women are obese, marginally higher than men.

The study revealed that urban women had higher levels of obesity than rural women. Health has been a major cause for concern in India. According to WHO, the incidence of obesity has tripled since 1975 in the world. 

   

Women more affected by obesity than men: Study finds sharp rise in Tamil Nadu

WHAT?

A new study on obesity among women in the Southern states of India has been released by the Council of Social Development, Hyderabad. The report shows that the rise in obese women is highest in Tamil Nadu.

HOW?

The increase was by 9.5%, followed by Karnataka and Kerala (an increase of 6.9% and 5.7% respectively). The rise in obesity levels among women was least, however, in Telangana (by 2%).

The data for the study was taken from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-4 and 5 (2019-2021) for comparison. It was observed that one-fourth of women, at the national level, are obese (24%), marginally higher than men (22.9%). The incidence is similar in states like Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

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The study investigated obesity in women of ages 15-49 in the Southern States of India, including 120 districts - 31 districts in Telangana, 30 in Karnataka, 13 in Andhra Pradesh, 14 in Kerala and 32 in Tamil Nadu - but excluded pregnant women and women with birth preceding 2 months.

Those adults are termed overweight whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is greater than or equal to 25, as per World Health Organisation (WHO). Obesity is when BMI is greater than or equal to 30, according to WHO.

The study revealed that urban women had higher levels of obesity than rural women. The data indicated that at the national level, the prevalence of obesity in women is highest among Christians (at 31.2%).