As if country areas Australia weren't already doing it tough, with the economy and reduced public services, there's the following report from ABC News. On the surface, it's just another reason why we should all strive to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle, but I wonder what the underlying cause is: economic, stress, access to medical information?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-21/o ... ns/4473482
"A University of Melbourne study has found many women in rural communities are being forced to choose risky birthing options because they are obese.
Associate professor Glyn Teale says the survey of more than 6,000 births in Victoria's Goulburn Valley Health area found two-thirds of women in that region were overweight or obese.
"So what that means is that now only about a third of women are entering pregnancy in a healthy weight range," he said.
"It doesn't matter whether it's through your antenatal course, through your birth process or in the first couple of months after childbirth; the risks are considerably higher for overweight or obese woman."
The research found the region is not unique and the problem is likely to be found in rural areas across Australia.