Polycystic ovary syndrome and weight management

Lisa J. Moran, Catherine B. Lombard, Siew Lim, Manny Noakes, Helena J. Teede

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition in women of reproductive age, and has reproductive, metabolic and psychological implications. Weight gain and obesity worsen the features of PCOS, while weight loss improves the features of PCOS. While there are potential barriers to successful weight management in young women who do not suffer from PCOS, women with PCOS may experience additional barriers. Weight management strategies in younger women with or without PCOS should encompass both the prevention of excess weight gain and achieving and maintaining a reduced weight through multidisciplinary lifestyle management, comprising dietary, exercise and behavioral therapy, as well as attention to psychosocial stress and practical and physiological barriers to weight management. Further research is warranted in the examination of specific barriers to weight management in women with PCOS, as well as in the determination of optimal components of lifestyle weight management interventions in young women in order to facilitate long-term compliance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-283
Number of pages13
JournalWomen's Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1 Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Insulin resistance
  • Obesity
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Weight management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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