OK, don’t pop out the champagne–or the pork rinds–yet, but scientists think the leveling off of obesity rates in women may signal a turning point in the nation’s epidemic.


ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) — Could the obesity epidemic be peaking?

According to the government’s most accurate recent check of the nation’s girth, U.S. men and children are increasingly tipping the scales. But the obesity rate among women — who at 33 percent are heavier as a group — held steady.

The study didn’t examine why men and children are getting fatter and women aren’t. But some experts think the leveling off in women could signal a turning point in the nation’s obesity epidemic.

“Women have always been more responsible about health than the general population,” said Dr. William Dietz, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reported the new data.


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