I recently sat with a group of impressive people to discuss new strategies
for obesity prevention. Professionals from Nutrition, Obstetrics,
Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Public Health gathered together. The
goal is to design a program to help families be healthy.
Did you know how important it is to be healthy before your baby is
conceived? Did you know that maintaining a healthy pregnancy weight can
have long term effects on your child? Did you know that the extra weight
carried around your middle causes extra strain on your internal organs?
I think in this fast paced world we forget to think about long term
outcomes. Research shows that many women gain weight during their pregnancies and are not able to lose it before getting pregnant again. And it is often difficult to find healthy ways to exercise and lose weight when children are very young.
But the question that needs answering is-how can the medical community work with people to get to a healthy weight in a positive way? How can we be supportive without negative feelings? After all, the conversations about BMI and weight can be challenging.
As we continue to do research and create programs that support families struggling with extra weight, we need to remember to keep the dialogue going. As a patient, know that we care. We want to help you be your best you!