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  • The fat are getting fatter, while the thin are staying thin

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    Tuesday, April 08, 2008 2:27 pm Email this article
    "Thinner people in 2002-2003 were almost as thin as they were 10 years earlier, but fatter people were considerably fatter," concludes a new study out of the U.K. Weight Gain

    Weight gain 0 lbs for thinnest, 7 lbs for middle, 13 lbs for heaviest

    Slim adults in the U.K., defined as those in the lowest 25th percentile, were almost as slim in 2002-2003 as their counterparts were a decade earlier, while those in the middle, defined as between the 25th and 75th percentile, gained roughly 7 pounds or one BMI unit, and those who were the heaviest, defined as at the 90th percentile or above, gained an average of roughly 13 pounds or two BMI units according to the study.


    Wardle J, Boniface D. Changes in the distributions of body mass index and waist circumference in english adults, 1993/1994 to 2002/2003. Int J Obes (Lond). 2008 Mar, 32(3):527-32.


    Dr. J. Wardle
    Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
    Health Behaviour Unit
    University College London, UCL
    Gower Street
    2-16 Torrington Place
    London WC1E 6BT, UK
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