Perhaps you began to think about weight loss surgery after a conversation
with your primary care physician, who was concerned about certain health
problems that you have been struggling with that are related to obesity,
such as heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, or sleep apnea.
Perhaps as weight loss surgeries of various types became more popular in the
media, you learned more about one or more of the procedures and thought
that some form of weight loss surgery might be right for you.
Medical practitioners and health care educators must be continually vigilant of the
growing and ever-changing health issues related to girls and women who lead an active
lifestyle and participate in sports and exercise. There have been landmark legislations
that have changed the social perception that girls and women not only can, but should
be physically active. With any changing social milieu, there are evolving health issues
associated with the journey.
A high degree of collaboration is often involved in
creating public sculpture. Central collaborators are the
sculptor and owner, typically a commissioning agency or
developer. Architects and landscape architects can be
artistic collaborators or part of the design team. Art object
conservators, engineers and other consultants play a role
in selecting materials and reviewing maintenance
strategies or design aspects. Other advisory bodies and
community groups may be part of the collaborative
Breast cancer also elicits concerns regarding a woman’s view of herself. Many treat-
ments for cancer challenge a woman’s body image and sexuality (Oktay, 1998). “The
systemic treatment of breast cancer with chemotherapy or hormonal therapy may also
affect self-image, fertility, and libido—all important components of ‘femininity’” (p. 6).
The combined effects of breast surgery, loss of hair, decreased libido, and early meno-
pause constitute a serious threat to a woman’s self-image.