A new study, soon to be published in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), has demonstrated a clear association between obesity and detrimental changes in the ovaries. This may be one reason why obese women find it harder to conceive, as the changes in the ovary may make it difficult or even impossible for the egg to form into a viable embryo.
Obese men experience hormonal changes which often lead to a diminished sex life. The extent of the problem generally relates to the degree of obesity, so it’s much worse in morbidly obese individuals compared to those who are moderately overweight. According to a new study, which will soon be published in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) obese men’s hormonal problems and sexual dysfunction are shown to improve after gastric bypass surgery.
"How can I eat less?" many people ask. A newly published study (from a collaboration between researchers at Duke University, the University of British Columbia and Arizona State University) suggests that overweight people who eat with fat friends actually eat less than when they eat with slimmer friends. The study entitled: “I’ll have what she is having” suggests that people unconsciously change the quantity of food they consume depending on the size of the people they’re dining with.
Dr. Robert S. Houser, a Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery answers the following common questions about liposuction.
Question One: I’m planning a vacation at the beach in a couple of weeks. Is it okay to get liposuction to fix my love handles?
The short answer is no. Liposuction results in quite a lot of bruising and swelling, and the recovery period can last several months. It’s also usually necessary to wear a compression garments for some time after surgery to assist in healing, and it’s generally not recommended that you submerse in water for a couple of weeks following liposuction surgery. Ideally you should have liposuction several months before going on vacation in order to look and feel your very best.
An unfortunate consequence of losing weight for many is the excess, sagging skin that remains after the fat has gone. While losing weight alone is a great – and often sufficient – step towards improving one’s health and appearance, many people find that their post-weight loss bodies – especially when these bodies are the result of rapid weight loss - are not as attractive as they imagined, and their loose, sagging skin can interfere with their other goals in life.
Many new mothers discover that the changes that occurred to their bodies during pregnancy may be more permanent than they expected, and can result in problems which good eating and exercise alone simply can’t counteract. These include excess fat and skin around the abdomen, stretchmarks, and saggy breasts. As a result, more and more women are seeking surgical options to return their bodies to the way they were before pregnancy.
One of the most common plastic surgery procedures is the tummy tuck (technically known as abdominoplasty). It’s an effective procedure for removing excess fat and skin from around the abdominal region, and is especially useful where the skin is loose due to large amounts of fat loss or after pregnancy.
One third of the US population is now clinically obese, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Obesity is not simply a problem of being overweight or of looking unattractive; it’s also the precursor to many severe health problems and early death for the majority of sufferers.
While weight loss plans and programs abound in the US, not one has been successful in curbing the increasing incidence of overweight and obesity, and associated diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, sleep apnea and osteoarthritis. These medical problems aren’t just a concern for the sufferer; they also cost the health system millions of dollars a year.
Is Lap-Band Surgery A Good Option?
More and more overweight people are turning to surgical options to assist with their weight loss efforts. As the obesity problem in the United States and other Westernized countries continues to grow, many people are finding that traditional diets don’t work for them, and turn to surgeons for help.
A new study suggests that the risk of death is 0.3% and the chance of serious complications is 4.3% (across the board for different types of bariatric surgery). This is much less than it has been previously reported.
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