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Obesity-related Eating Disorders in Women

By: Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD, SWHR/Susan G. Komen Network for the Study of Exercise and Breast Cancer Member

In the U.S., more than four in ten women are obese, compared to a little more than a third of men [1]. Women are also more likely than men to experience discrimination about their weight [2]. For example, many women of size hear that if they exercised self-control, they would lose pounds easily. For many, it is just not that simple.

Weight-loss programs that involve reducing calorie intake and increasing physical activity produce an average 10 percent loss of starting weight within six months [3]. Weight-loss medications and bariatric surgery produce more dramatic results than calorie intake reduction alone. Ultimately, all weight-loss methods require significant behavior changes to alter eating patterns, and many people regain lost weight without ongoing support. Many women have difficulty making changes to their dietary choices. For them, eating can be uncontrollable and changing eating habits long-term, can seem impossible.

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The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR ®) is a national non-profit based in Washington D.C. that is widely recognized as the thought-leader in promoting research on biological differences in disease and is dedicated to transforming women’s health through science, advocacy, and education.

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