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According to the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, 31 per cent of Australian adults are obese (the Heart Foundation cites 32 per cent of men and 20 per cent of women). However, women are less likely to suffer health consequences from it and less likely to die earlier from it than men, according to a study published in Obesity Reviews. This may be due to some physical characteristics – such as the fact that women are more likely to carry weight in less harmful places like their legs and hips while men are more likely to carry it in the ‘danger zone’ around their abdomen – and well as social traits, like the fact that women are more likely to seek medical care than men.

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Source: RD.com


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