Webinar: Weight-Inclusive Care for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) with Sarah O’Hara, RD
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder that is the leading cause of anovulatory infertility and a risk factor for long-term cardiometabolic complications. It is estimated that 5-10% of women worldwide have PCOS, and in the majority of cases nutrition therapy and weight loss are considered first-line treatment. Dietitians are often consulted for low-carbohydrate diets in PCOS management; more often than not, the referral reads “Weight Loss for PCOS.”
Anyone who has personally experienced this condition or has worked with clients with PCOS knows that long-term weight loss is the exception, not the rule, but what else do we have to offer as nutrition experts?
In this 60-minute webinar, you’ll learn:
- Essential knowledge of PCOS diagnosis, symptoms, reproductive implications, and long-term health risks.
- Why the first-line treatment recommendation to lose “5-10% of body weight” is harmful for those with PCOS, and how to better support your clients with PCOS using a weight-inclusive approach.
- Ethical considerations of weight loss for PCOS-related fertility challenges.
- Evidence-based, weight-inclusive nutrition and wellness recommendations for PCOS management.
- Recommended resources for dietitians and clients alike.
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Sarah is a Registered Dietitian specializing in reproductive health, experienced in low- and high-risk obstetrics, fertility, and PCOS. While acting as primary investigator for a research study looking into the effects of nutrition intervention on PCOS outcomes, she was also personally diagnosed with PCOS. Sarah is currently working in private practice to support individuals, couples, and families using principles of Health At Every Size® and mindfulness in a collaborative and compassionate manner. She is an active member of the College of Dietitians of Alberta, and is based in Calgary, AB, Canada.