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July 2016

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Clearinghouse Connector - Obesity and women

The July Connector explores the issue of: Obesity and women

Obesity is the primary cause of chronic illness in Australian women, and can impact on health at each stage of a woman’s life cycle. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and 11 types of cancer including breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer. Obesity in reproductive-aged women negatively impacts on contraception and fertility, and increases the risk of pregnancy complications and poorer infant outcomes. Overweight and obese women and girls face stigma, workplace discrimination, and suffer far more than overweight men and boys from eating disorders and body image issues. Obesity is also a barrier to women discussing weight and associated health issues with health providers.

At a population level, strategies to address obesity are now focusing less on individual behaviour change, and more on better understanding and modifying the obesity-promoting (obesogenic) environment. Further research is needed to better understand gendered weight patterns, and the obesity prevention strategies and interventions that are most effective for women. This will provide evidence to inform multi-level action to address overweight and obesity in Australian women.

Medical Abortion Forum 2016 proceedings

On 23 June Women’s Health Victoria in partnership with Family Planning Victoria and the Royal Women’s Hospital held a forum exploring the topic:
‘Is medical abortion increasing access for women in Victoria? New models of care and ongoing challenges.’

Safe access to abortion is good public health practice and plays an important role in supporting women’s health, equality and wellbeing. Access to medical abortion is associated with numerous potential benefits for women, including greater choice and access, as well as lower costs. However, in Victoria ongoing barriers to accessing medical abortion include high costs, the multiple appointments required, and a lack of services in rural and regional areas.

Access the Forum proceedings


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