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Women's Health Suffers from Obesity and Physical Inactivity

A new report says that the U.S. has failed to meet virtually every goal set for women’s health as established by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s Healthy People 2020 agenda, and it is likely that obesity and physical inactivity are the main culprits for the dismal results.

The new report, titled "Making the Grade on Women's Health: A National and State-by-State Report Card," found that a satisfactory rating was only given to three of the twenty-six measures of good health for women.

The report also notes that even more women are suffering from obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo, chief of the division of general internal medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, said he was "not surprised by the report," as told to USA Today. “It is not surprising to see diabetes levels rising as obesity and lack of physical activity increase among women. That also accounts for the increases in blood pressure,” he said.   

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