The world is in the midst of an obesity crisis, and some women are beginning to struggle with their own weight, according to new research.
The report, which was released Thursday, found that more than two-thirds of women between the ages of 18 and 35 said they struggle with weight issues and one-third of women were struggling with the stigma associated with being overweight.
Among men, nearly two-quarters of men between the age of 18 to 35 said the same.
“For the first time, we are seeing the prevalence of body image issues among young women, a phenomenon that has been increasing over time and has not gone away,” said Laura Pappas, an assistant professor of gender studies at Rutgers University and the lead author of the study.
The prevalence of obesity and related health problems has risen dramatically in the past few decades. “
The report notes that young women and men are struggling with issues related to their bodies, but we do not see the same rates of physical inactivity among women, and these women have more to lose than their peers,” Pappos said.
The prevalence of obesity and related health problems has risen dramatically in the past few decades.
The U.K.’s National Health Service found that the number of adults with a BMI over 30 has increased by more than 300 percent over the past 50 years, and the prevalence in the United States is currently at the highest level in the world.
But it has also been increasing in the last two decades, and more than 40 percent of adults in the country are obese, the report said.
While many factors have contributed to this dramatic rise, Pappa said, there is one major factor that she said has been driving the rise in obesity in the modern era.
“I think there’s a lot of pressure that women are feeling, particularly in the workplace, to look good, to do well, and that can be a little bit of a double-edged sword,” she said.
For instance, she said, “women are often put on pedestals and judged by how they look.
The more women are seeing themselves as being underrepresented in the culture and in the media, the more they are going to feel that way.” “
So I think that really is something that is very much at play here.
The more women are seeing themselves as being underrepresented in the culture and in the media, the more they are going to feel that way.”
The report comes at a time when the media is reporting on obesity as a public health issue, with the increasing number of obese people in the general population.
And some women have been vocal about the issue in public.
“If you’re fat, you’re a bad mother,” one woman told The Washington Post in February.
“And if you’re not a good mother, you shouldn’t have kids,” another woman said on a recent episode of CNN.
The study is the first to document the prevalence and impact of body dissatisfaction among young people, which is the largest demographic group affected by the obesity epidemic.
Pappadas, who has written extensively on the topic, said she was motivated to do the research after reading the book, The Girl Next Door, which tells the story of a young woman who became a model after she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
“There are a lot more women out there that are struggling and there’s this feeling of being overlooked, of being not valued in society and not being seen as attractive,” Pindas said.
“But the problem with this is that we don’t have the resources, the tools, and they are not helping.”