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Though my career as a trained Ob/Gyn physician gives me expertise in Women’s Reproductive Health conditions, across the board, the most common medical condition I see regularly is obesity, and women struggling with weight loss management. In this 2014 upcoming year, I’ve decided to focus, both personally and professionally, on the emphasis, education, and support of weight loss, in my online work and with patients in the office.
According to the CDC, obesity affects nearly one third of all Americans, and is a known risk factor for common health conditions including hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. From a Reproductive Health perspective, we also know obesity to be linked with obstetrical complications, irregular menstrual cycles, and both breast and uterine cancers.
The upshot is this: Weight loss (even as small as 5-10% of body weight) can decrease our risks for many of these health conditions! I bet many of us are surprised to know that even a small amount of weight loss can be beneficial. Current medical references to weight often use BMI, incorporating weight and height. Use this tool to calculate your BMI:
Many of the successful weight loss programs work not only by encouraging dietary restrictions and exercise, but also by encouraging ‘accountability’. Let’s help each other in holding ourselves accountable for our weight control.
This month’s tip: Set smaller goals for weight loss that may be more attainable—Remember, changing our lifestyle, to include maintaining healthy eating and exercise, is the best way to keep the weight off!
Dr. Suzanne Hall (@drsuzyyhall)
Eastside Gynecology Obstetric, PC
Offices located in Roseville, Grosse Pointe, Macomb, and Rochester MI