Dr. Weber describes how the number of obese females can be decreased.
Obviously, it’s not a problem just in Chicago, but it’s a national problem both in females and in males; their obesity level is increasing. One of the great programs that we are doing here in Chicago is something called “Girls in the Game,” and I am actually a board member of this community-based non-for-profit, and what they have done is really tried to incorporate a very comprehensive program, not looking at just educating, but making this fun. And so it’s a program that actually is, it centers around fitness and exercise, but then we also incorporate self-esteem, leadership, nutrition, and really make it a comprehensive program.
And what we are finding, actually, is that through the research is, that by incorporating all these things and trying to make it fun, the girls are really showing some positive signs. They are happy, they are exercising more, and their weights are improving.
We don’t really focus on weight as the issue. We really focus on trying to make it a comprehensive program. We all know that if you like what you’re doing, you’re more likely to continue to do it, and I think this program has been great because it’s really city-wide now, and it’s really making things fun for the girls and it’s having positive impact on their lives.
About Dr. Weber, M.D.:
Dr. Kathy Weber, the Director of Primary Care/Sports Medicine and Women's Sports Medicine at Rush University Medical Center, possesses a unique expertise with the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal issues. Dr. Weber received her M.D. from Rush Medical College in 1996 and subsequently completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Rush University Medical Center. After completing her residency, Dr. Weber was asked to remain at Rush for an additional year to assume the prestigious position of Chief Resident of Internal Medicine. She then completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of California Medical Center in San Diego.