Cardiometabolic Health Update Session: Lifestyle management of overweight and obesity
Stephanie Pirotta is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a degree in Food Science and Nutrition (Hons) and a Masters in Dietetics. She is passionate about promoting healthy eating and exercise behaviours across all individuals for optimal health and well-being. Stephanie currently works in private practice and research. Through her clinics she has seen an increase in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) patients sparking interest in the area. Several complexities arise from PCOS that impact on the overall health of women, including metabolic (insulin resistance, glucose intolerance, increased risk of heart disease), reproductive (infertility, anovulation, hyperandrogenism and hirsutism) and psychological outcomes (depression, anxiety, poor quality or life and disordered eating). These may all be exacerbated by the presence of a poor diet, low physical activity and excess weight.
With a focus of developing a new clinical model of care for the lifestyle management of PCOS, Stephanie aims to better understand the needs of women and health professionals in order address current healthcare gaps and promote PCOS management through a change in lifestyle behaviours. In-turn leading to excess weight, reducing the severity of associated PCOS side-effects and increasing the overall quality of life of women with PCOS.