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Young woman working outAccording t0  The Los Angeles Times stimulus money, where did it all go? Some went to sending women to Weight Watchers and a local gym to help them get in shape before they start having children.

The idea was to try to reduce Baltimore’s infant mortality rate, which is almost twice that of the state. A Baltimore Sun story explains how the city used federal funds to develop the program for women in their teens through mid-30s. It says:

“To make a true dent in the problem, officials realized, they needed to focus on women’s health before conception. Last year, Health Department staff began noticing more overweight women entering their home-visiting programs, which aid low-income women in high-risk pregnancies. And in examining the city’s 128 fetal and infant deaths in 2009, many of the births were to overweight and obese women, they found.”

The women in the program did shed weight, and officials are seeking more federal funds to extend the program. But it won’t come from stimulus money — that’s long gone.

It is very tempting to look at access to health clubs and special diets as the key to maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. The bottom line is, a person must be motivated and determined in order to achieve the results that they desire. Dr. O’Toole counsels his patients and helps them to understand that part of the healthy lifestyle that they desire to live also must include a healthy balance of attention to their appearance. Most patients are discouraged when they see small areas of fat in areas that they have never seen fat before. These areas include the upper back, upper abdomen and outer thighs. Liposuction is an excellent option for removing targeted areas of fat. Dr. O’Toole is one of the few plastic surgeons in the area who offers different options for liposuction including the new Smart Lipo which can be performed without sedation.


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