co-chair of the Alberta Health Services
Obesity Program. “Don’t become the
food police. Don’t make this a big thing,”
he suggests. Let her know you love and
respect her no matter what her size.
Sharma also warns against allowing
weight loss to affect your relationship.
Food often plays a strong role in relationships, from dates to making dinner,
he says. Sometimes, the non-dieting
partner will say “you no longer eat what
I cook, what I bring home. You don’t
want to go out with me for dinner.”
This can be hard on a relationship.
Understanding you also need to make
a few adjustments to help her lose weight
and meet her goals will go a long way to
Finally, Sharma says, partners and
family can make it easier. If she asks that
you don’t have pizza at home anymore,
have it when you’re out instead.
“Do these pants make me look fat?”
SCREENING TESTS STARTING AGE /GENDER FREQUENCY
Breast 50 /female Every 2 years
Cervical 21/ female Every 3 years after
3 consecutive normal annual tests
Colorectal 50 / male & female Every 2 years
Blood pressure 18 / male & female Every 2-3 years
Cholesterol 40 / male & female Every 5 years
Bone density 70/male Every 5 years
60 / female Every 5 years
Diabetes type 2 40-74 /male & female Every 5 years
Eye 40 / male & female Baseline exam, 2-4 years
Oral Health All ages /male & female Consult with dentist
Fall assessment 75 / male & female Every year
Osteoporosis 70 /male Every 3-5 years
60 / female
When to have your early screening tests*
If you are at a higher risk for any condition, or under care for a major chronic illness or disease, continue to follow the prescribed visits and personal
testing plan set out by your health-care provider. If you experience any of these conditions or their symptoms, consult with your health-care provider.
If you’ve ever been asked that question,
you know finding the right answer may
not be easy. Society puts a lot of pressure
on women to be the “right” weight
and that can be hard for some women.
And for men, who tend to lose weight
more easily than women, the focus on
weight may be hard to understand.
Extra weight on men tends to be
around the belly. It’s “emergency energy”
that can be quickly mobilized and lost.
Fat on women tends to gather around
their hips and butt (although this can
change with menopause). It’s “storage
fat,” originally meant for pregnancy and
breastfeeding. Women also have slower
metabolic rates than men, which affects
how quickly and easily fat can be lost.
Men can be most supportive
in helping women lose weight by
using a hands-off approach, says
Dr. Arya M. Sharma, the clinical