No matter which body shape you have, how old you are, or how much you weigh, there are many things you can do to decrease your personal disease risk. Diet and exercise are only part of the equation-medical monitoring is critical, as is a change in mind-set. We need to stop thinking of our weight problems, and learn to accept ourselves as women with figures. Every woman can become stronger, look better, and feel healthier. My top tips for getting started:
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Read an excerpt from Apple and Pear: The Body Shape Solution for Weight Loss and Wellness, by Marie Savard.
Marie Savard, M.D. is a nationally known internist, women's health expert, and advocate for patients' rights. She is author of How to Save Your Own Life and the creator of The Savard Health Record. She lives in Philadelphia.
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