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Childhood Obesity Raises Risk of Potentially Devastating Polycystic Ovary Syndrome; Future Infertility, Diabetes, Acne


Adelaide, Australia -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/25/2014 -- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is estimated to afflict 17% of reproductive age women, causing devastating signs and symptoms like infertility, obesity, acne, embarrassing excessive hair growth, low self esteem and increased risk of diseases like Diabetes, heart disease and stroke. A recent article by Anderson et al in Seminars in Reproductive Medicine reveals childhood obesity may contribute to the development of PCOS.

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Anderson notes “Recent data have disclosed a high prevalence of hyperandrogenemia among peripubertal adolescents with obesity, suggesting that such girls are indeed at risk for developing PCOS.”

“With childhood obesity rates continuing to increase,” says leading PCOS expert Dr. Rebecca Harwin “our future generations are at higher risk of this common, potentially devastating syndrome. We desperately need to increase awareness of the lifestyle approaches needed to maintain a healthy weight, from childhood and through out life.”

With this month’s PCOS Awareness Month in various countries, this advice is timely.

- According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 1 in 4 Australian children are overweight or obese, and more than one-third of USA children and adolescents were overweight or obese

- 17% of reproductive age women in Australia, USA, UK are estimated to suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

- Symptoms of PCOS include infertility, overweight, acne, excessive hair growth, depression, anxiety and an increased risk of heart disease, Diabetes, stroke

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