Search Resources (English): Weight and gender

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Preventing obesity in women of all ages – a public health priority  
http://www.idf.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2009_SI%20Women_Lombard_Teede.pdf

Discusses the very strong links between obesity and diabetes type 2, and that women are far more likely than men to develop type 2 diabetes if they are overweight or obese.

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Published: May 2009
Overweight and obesity in women: health risks and consequences  
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/452831

Examines in detail the effects of obesity on women’s health.
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Published: 2003
Food insecurity and obesity: understanding the connections  
http://frac.org/pdf/frac_brief_understanding_the_connections.pdf

Discusses recent research that shows a higher risk of overweight/obesity among food insecure women than among food insecure men.

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Published: 2011
The relationship between food insecurity and obesity in rural childbearing women  
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1748-0361.2008.00138.x/pdf

Describes a study in which the authors suggest weight discrimination may be a factor in women getting well-paying jobs.

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Published: Winter 2008
An uncertain well-being: weight control and self control  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1987_Healthsharing_Vol_9_No_1_Winter.pdf

This article discusses weight preoccupation as a women's health issue and as a feminist issue. Illustrates how women can work together to create change in their lives. Examples given of programs that focus on empowerment to increase self esteem and sense of self direction. 

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Published: 1987
Body image/body politic : a world without dieting  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1989_Healthsharing_Vol_10_No_3_Summer.pdf

This article discusses weight preoccupation and alternatives to dieting. The effects of social stigma and the medicalization of women's bodies. Introduces the Toronto based program Beyond dieting, an alternative program for large women. 

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Published: 1989
Body Weight  
http://www.womenshealthdata.ca/category.aspx?catid=81&rt=2

Summarizes how overweight and obesity affect women by looking at sex, gender and diversity. Also critiques the BMI as an accurate measure of overweight and obesity.

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Overweight and obesity in pregnancy: a review of the evidence  
http://www.pwhce.ca/overweightObesityPregnancy.htm

Focuses on the implications of maternal overweight and obesity, the experiences of pregnant women who are overweight or obese, and the provision of maternity care for overweight or obese women. Highlights that there are significant gaps in our knowledge of the psychological and emotional implications of overweight and obesity throughout pregnancy.

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Published: 2012