However, some research has indicated the opposite pattern. It has been suggested that obesity among women residing in the . has become more socially acceptable.  According to a study published in the July issue of Economic Inquiry,  this is likely because more than one-third of women ages 20 and older are obese in the United States. The study found that the average woman weighed 147 pounds in 1994, but stated that she wanted to weigh 132 pounds. By 2002, the average women weighed 153 pounds, but said that she wanted to weigh 135 pounds. "The fact that even the desired weight of women has increased suggests there is less social pressure to lose weight," the researchers noted. However, the difference between women's average weight and desired weight had increased as well.
There are many reasons why poor digestion can cause weight gain. If the body is having problems breaking down food, eliminating toxins and absorbing nutrients, the metabolism slows down leading to weight gain. People with digestive problems don’t absorb essential nutrients sufficiently. This includes iron, magnesium, B-vitamins and other nutrients that play a vital role in the process of burning calories. The common result is fatigue and the accumulation of excess body fat. Toxic build-ups can also cause puffiness, sluggishness and make it difficult to lose* weight. It can also promote the retention of excess water in the body.