In the U.S., approximately two-thirds of women and three-fourths of men are overweight or obese. This results in a staggering health care cost for the treatment of obesity at $200 billion per year.

In reproductive-aged women, approximately 50% are overweight or obese. For women, due to hormonal changes resulting from obesity, ovulation, and endometrial receptivity can change in ways impacting one’s ability to conceive.

Mark P. Trolice, M.D., discusses challenges with conception and obesity on FOX 35.

Pregnancy/Fetal Risks of Obesity:

  • Miscarriage
  • Pregnancy induced hypertension
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Birth defects

Male Obesity Risks:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decreased testosterone
  • Sperm production

The best way to lose weight is through a healthy diet and physical activity. By eating right and being active, men and women can experience numerous health and cognitive benefits – including an increased chance of conceiving.