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Why Obesity Matters

As a midwife, I am interested in a woman’s pregnancy outcome. But as I said earlier this week, a woman is not just a uterus. I care about the whole woman, her health not just through this pregnancy but throughout the rest of her life. I hope that through her interactions with me a woman [...]

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Obesity and a Healthy Lifestyle

Earlier this week I shared that the trusted wisdom of eat less and exercise isn’t always the answer.  Today I want to share some socio-cultural reasons why weight loss may be harder for some women than others.  This socio-cultural factor is poverty. An interesting thing happens in poor urban neighborhoods, companies don’t build stores there. [...]

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Obesity and Mental Health

What if the problem was not that a woman overate? What if a woman overate (and became obese) because she had another problem? If you remember one thing about people, remember this: There is always a good reason for the things people do. In nearly every case the person believed they were making a good decision. This [...]

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Stress, Obesity, Infertility

One of the most interesting things I learned had to do with the effects of exercise and stress on obesity.  Quick endocrine lesson for you, when the body is under stress it secretes a hormone called cortisol. This signals the body to make a few changes  that basically puts your body in a hypothyroid state. [...]

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Obesity and Reproduction

I tried to post interesting tidbits from the Obesity and Reproduction conference on Twitter last week.  It worked great until I ran out of phone battery.  So I promised to share some of the more interesting things I learned here. The biggest take-away message for me was the importance of treating each client as an [...]

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