UCLA has combined its multiple obesity services into one center in order to simplify referrals and optimize patient care. The UCLA Center for Obesity and METabolic Health (COMET) includes state-of-the-art programs for both surgical and nonsurgical weight loss. Obesity is a multifactorial disease involving genetic, metabolic, psychological, environmental and behavioral factors.
While the health risks have been well-documented for the more than one-third of U.S. adults who are obese, less attention has been paid to obesity-related concerns specific to women’s health. Yijun Chen, MD, bariatric surgeon with the UCLA Center for Obesity and METabolic Health (COMET), notes that obese women are more susceptible to sexual dysfunction, irregular menstrual cycles and polycystic ovarian syndrome, an endocrine system disorder that can affect women’s hormone levels, menstrual cycle and ovulation.
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