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Title: Obese women and quality of life
Other Titles: Chapter 42
Authors: McInnes, Rhona
Gray, Cindy
Contact Email: rjm2@stir.ac.uk
Editors: Mahmood, T
Arulkumaran, S
Citation: McInnes R & Gray C (2013) Obese women and quality of life. In: Mahmood T, Arulkumaran S (ed.). Obesity: A Ticking Time Bomb For reproductive health, London: Elsevier, pp. 585-595.
Keywords: Obesity
women
quality of life
stigmatisation
body image, health professionals
pregnancy
physical functioning
psychological health
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: Obesity is associated with reductions in quality of life, with women often experiencing greater impairment than men. General health problems, mobility/functional disability, depression and low self-esteem are commonly reported. Weight-related stigmatisation and societal pressure on women to be thin causes gender disparity in body image dissatisfaction. This can contribute to discomfort about health care encounters both generally and during childbearing, where the perceived attitudes of health professionals, physical examinations and discussions of weight status all have potential to cause distress. In pregnancy, exclusion from decision-making and medicalisation reduces obese women's opportunities to experience a more normal pregnancy and birth.
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Type: Part of book or chapter of book
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/11990
URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-416045-3.00042-X
Affiliation: HS Research - Stirling
University of Glasgow

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