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Obesity rates have stabilized, but our waistlines are still growing

Those figures are age-adjusted averages, but the trend applies to pretty much all demographic groups, the report says. Men and women both saw "significant increases" in waist circumference, as did "non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, and Mexican Americans." Waistlines of Asian Americans may have grown too, but the CDC didn't start collecting data on them as a group until 2011, the researchers note.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

The growing waist circumference is indicative of increasing insulin resistance in the liver and the muscles. It is one of the clinical signs for the development of metabolic syndrome or pre-diabetes.

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