Why (and how) are women likely to be obese?

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While income appears to make little difference in the risk of being overweight or obese among men, poorer women are more likely to be obese than richer women. Obesity is also costlier for women, as they are more likely to seek out ‘treatments’ and suffer far more problems due to prejudice against overweight women, including discrimination in the workplace.

Obesity in Canada 
Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information, 2011

 Finds significant sex and gender differences when looking at obesity with respect to income, rural residence and minority (mainly Aboriginal) status.

Explaining the Gender Gap: Obesity Costs Women a Lot More than Men 
By Meredith Melnick, Time Healthland, 2010
Discusses why it costs a lot more for women to be obese than for men because of factors such as job discrimination.

Obesity, Overweight, and Ethnicity 
By Mark Tremblay, Claudio Pérez, Chris Ardern, Shirley Bryan and Peter Katzmarzyk, Statistics Canada, 2005
Finds that Aboriginal women have twice the odds of being overweight or obese as white women, while East/Southeast Asian, South Asian and West Asian/Arab women had lower odds.

Body Weight: Our Lens on the Sex, Gender, and Diversity Issues on This Topic 
The Source
Summarizes how overweight and obesity affect women by looking at sex, gender and diversity. Also critiques the BMI as an accurate measure of overweight and obesity.

Fast facts: Obesity and Gender 
Strategies to Overcome and Prevent Obesity (STOP) Alliance
Includes statistics about obesity, sex and gender with reference to race and income.


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