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New Study: 60% Of Teenage Girls Are Obese By 16

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There's a growing problem among teenage girls. A new study finds that 60% of them are obese by the time they reach 16.

Research finds that the waist of an average teen girl has expanded by five inches in the past two decades. In fact, by the time they reach 15-16, approximately 25% of the girls exceed adult cut-off points for overweight (about 31 inches).

The study points out that traditionally, obesity is judged by a person's BMI or Body Mass Index. BMI studies have, in the past, suggested a leveling off of teenage obesity. However, BMI doesn't take into account the mid-section fat accumulation (called central obesity), which is thought to be that most dangerous place to carry fat.

According to scientists, fat around the stomach directly affects vital organs and also produces more dangerous chemicals that disrupt insulin processing.

This study was done by Leeds Metropolitan University and published in Public Health journal.

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