The 'Obesity Epidemic'

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There's quite a lot of recent research linking gut flora with weight, the ease of putting it on and the ease of losing it.

We do seem to be edging towards a point where we might be able to say 'healthy gut flora' is 'X' and some foods or types of foods are modifying 'X' leading to problems with weight.

I wouldn't be surprised to see antibiotics being implicated, firstly, obvious, and secondly, (a sample size of '1' I admit), I've had the bad luck to have to take a few prolonged courses of antibiotics and in every instance finishing the antibiotic course lead to a permanent weight gain of some half-a-stone that I couldn't shift.
Read the Diet Myth by Dr Tim Spector. Good introduction to the science surrounding the microbieme
 

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On the other hand, I'm surprised to see Libya and Saudi Arabia ranked so high ...
They wank as high as any in Wome.

More seriously, the dimensions of the average twenty-year-old woman in the U.S. recently did duty as a meme-du-jour for the right wing punditry. These were the figures quoted (accurate?)

The average American woman 20 years old and up weighs 170.6 pounds and stands at 63.7 inches (almost 5 feet, 4 inches) tall.
And the average waist circumference? It’s 38.6 inches.

All ages here:
https://www.healthline.com/health/womens-health/average-weight-for-women

This seems bonkers. That's significantly heavier and more rotund than me and I'm an average-sized, average-weighing 40-ish-year old.

As an average, I suspect there are plenty of sensible-sized girls, but about 20% of the total are monstrously obese, which drags those figure northwards.

As an aside, I thought U.S. women were a shade taller than that figure quoted. Perhaps more of the kind of distribution I've suggested for weight, there being plenty of racial diversity.
 

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They wank as high as any in Wome.

More seriously, the dimensions of the average twenty-year-old woman in the U.S. recently did duty as a meme-du-jour for the right wing punditry. These were the figures quoted (accurate?)

The average American woman 20 years old and up weighs 170.6 pounds and stands at 63.7 inches (almost 5 feet, 4 inches) tall.
And the average waist circumference? It’s 38.6 inches.

As an average, I suspect there are plenty of sensible-sized girls, but about 20% of the total are monstrously obese, which drags those figure northwards.

As an aside, I thought U.S. women were a shade taller than that figure quoted. Perhaps more of the kind of distribution I've suggested for weight, there being plenty of racial diversity.
From what I can tell, the height is definitely not accurate. This was the average height about 45 years ago. It's taller now.
If it is accurate, I wouldn't look to racial diversity to keep it down, I'd look to diet. There are a lot of people here who grew up on very poor diets, regardless of economic status, and I can understand how they wouldn't reach their full height.
 

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According to the CDC (see above) the mean waist circumference for females (age 20 and over) was 38.15" (96.9 cm).

Average weight for females age 20 and over was 168.6 lbs.
 
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