Air pollution increases mid-life women’s weight, body mass index, waist circumference and body fat, revealed scientists.
For instance, body fat increased by 4.5 percent, or about 2.6 pounds, according to the study published in the journal Diabetes Care.
Link Between Air Pollution and Obesity in Women
Data for the study came from 1,654 white, Black, Chinese, and Japanese women from the ‘Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation’.
These women, whose baseline median age was nearly 50 years, were tracked from 2000 to 2008.
Researchers explored the interaction between air pollution and physical activity on body composition.
High levels of physical activity was an effective way to mitigate and offset exposure to air pollution, the research showed.
“Since the study focused on midlife women, the findings can’t be generalized to men or women in other age ranges,” Wang said.
Obesity has been a major global health issue in recent decades as more people eat unhealthy diets and fail to exercise regularly.
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