The World of Thin, Light Skinning
In a year that has seen an increase in obesity and diabetes, thinness is getting the most attention.
According to a study published this week in the British Medical Journal, the percentage of women aged between 25 and 34 who reported wearing a “thin” or “light” clothing style had nearly doubled from last year.
The study, led by British obesity researcher Joanna Hargreaves and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, used data from the NHS’s Body Mass Index (BMI) database to measure body fatness and found that the average BMI of women over 35 in the United Kingdom has risen from 31.7 in 2014 to 34.1 in 2017.
The average for women aged 35 to 44 has remained the same at 35.5.
While these numbers may seem like a lot, the study found that these trends are not necessarily the result of increased obesity.
Instead, they’re indicative of a shift away from the traditional “skinny” and “modest” clothing styles that have been popular in the past.
The British study also found that while thin people may be losing weight, their skin tone is also gaining weight.
While the researchers point out that the trend isn’t universal, they also note that the changes may have to do with diet.
Hargreeves and her colleagues suggest that a diet high in carbohydrates may be contributing to the trend, and may even be responsible for the increased obesity among thinner women.
Harnett, the lead author of the study, told the BBC, “The changes in body weight have become so dramatic that the thin women we’ve seen, in fact, appear to have lost more weight overall than the obese women.”
According to the researchers, while obesity rates are on the rise in the U.K., the percentage increase in thinness has remained relatively stable.
The findings from the UK study are similar to those found in Australia and the U and have been corroborated by other studies.
While thinness in the UK is still relatively low, the rise of obesity and the obesity epidemic in other parts of the world is starting to catch up with the country.
According in the report, “thinness, which is a good predictor of body weight, has fallen by more than 40 percent since 2000.”
In Australia, for example, the proportion of thin women aged under 25 fell by 33 percent between 2013 and 2017.
Meanwhile, in the US, the average weight loss among women aged 30 to 39 fell by 13 percent between 2012 and 2017, while the percentage loss among men aged 30-39 fell by 12 percent.
The researchers suggest that this trend is due to a number of factors, including the lack of a public health program geared towards the thin population, and a lack of education about the health risks associated with a diet rich in carbohydrates.
Hanging on to the past Hargremans and her team hope that the results of their research will prompt other countries to consider policies that help prevent and treat obesity and other health problems related to thinness.
They also point out the potential for the study’s findings to be useful for public health programs that focus on the thin community.
“The next time you see a skinny woman or woman with an unhealthy body type, remember that it’s not that they’ve got a body fat problem, it’s that they’re overweight,” Hargreaas told the Independent.
“It’s a health problem.”