Heart Disease and Obesity in Women

Heart Disease and Obesity in Women

Obesity

  • Within 20 years, the percent of obese adult women has increased significantly:
  • 1988-1994: 25.5% obese
  • 2009-2012: 35.9% obese
Obesity
Heart Disease

Heart Disease

  • More than 50 million women are currently living with some form of cardiovascular disease.
  • Millions of women are currently living with coronary heart disease (CHD).
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death of women.

The Risks

The Risks
Obesity is a major risk factor for heart cardiovascular disease

Obesity is a major risk factor for heart cardiovascular disease (CVD) and is associated with 13% of CVD deaths in adults.

Between 1971 and 2004 total energy consumption for adult women has increased by 22%, compared to a 10% increase in adult men.

Total energy consumption for adult women has increased
44.9% of adult women have total cholesterol of at least 200mg/dL.

44.9% of adult women have total cholesterol of at least 200mg/dL.

31.7% of women do not engage in leisure time physical activity.

31.7% of women do not engage in leisure time physical activity.
18.5% of adults who are obese also have diabetes.

18.5% of adults who are obese also have diabetes. The greater a person’s BMI (Body Mass Index), the greater their risk of having diabetes.

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