If you’ve been exposed to a Nicki Minaj video, you may have theorized clothing is getting smaller, women are getting larger and singers don’t really sing anymore.
At least one of those theories is correct, according to new data from Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control, which says women are now as big as men were in the 1960s.
Men have grown too, and now weigh as much as 1.5 women from the 1960s (think Emma Peel of the 1960s Avengers TV series).
The CDC says Americans have grown up about an inch, which accounts for some of the weight gain, but we’ve really grown out.
The average American woman now tips the scales at 166, about what a man weighed in the 1960s, for a 18.5 percent increase.
Men have gained an average of 30 pounds to tip the scales at 195 pounds (a 17.6 percent increase).
The average waist size of women is now 37.5 inches; men 39.7 inches.
Despite what you may see on television, almost everyone is overweight. The CDC says 69 percent of adult Americans are either overweight or obese. More than a third, 35 percent, are considered obese.
It probably doesn’t help that Coca-Cola paid nutrition experts to suggest soda is a healthy snack.
I don’t know what you are having for lunch, but I may skip the loaded Dogzilla and tots at Manuel’s.
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