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.
Pregnancy/Fetal Risks of Obesity:
- 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.