Obesity and women’s health 1: female obesity

Published on January 31, 2016   14 min

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My name is Dr. Thom Barber. I'm an Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist based at the University of Warwick in the UK and UHCW NHS Trust. I'm going to present Obesity and Women's Health. And when thinking about obesity in women, there are important implications of obesity that can affect both metabolic and reproductive health and these factors will be considered and explored in this presentation.
The outline of the talk is shown here. The talk will be divided into two. In the first part of the talk I will consider female obesity, initially considering the global obesity epidemic and sequelae of obesity, and specifically, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, pregnancy and endometrial carcinoma and how obesity in women can impact on each of these. In the second part of the talk, I will talk specifically about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which is a common condition affecting reproductive age women, which is also closely associated with obesity and those women who are genetically predisposed.
Firstly then, let's consider female obesity. And the first part of this section of the talk will be to look at overview of global obesity epidemic and sequelae of obesity.
This slide shows an illustration of the obesity epidemic. Each of these lines represents a different country. And as you can see, this figure shows projected estimates going up to the year 2020 and, of course, what you can see in every country that's been looked at, there's an upward trend in the proportion of the population who are overweight. And this, of course, is the obesity epidemic which is projected to get worse in the future. In fact, in 2008, it was estimated that 1.46 billion adults were overweight worldwide, including 500 million obese individuals. So, of course, when we're thinking about obesity related problems in women and PCOS, what we see now it's likely to get worse in the future because of the progressing obesity epidemic.

Obesity and women’s health 1: female obesity

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