Many fat people are diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, characterized by a collection of symptoms possibly including high body weight, "apple" shaped bodies, male pattern baldness, facial hair, acne, insulin resistance, high androgen levels, infertility, irregular menstrual cycles, and ovarian cysts. Doctors often recommend weight loss as a "treatment" for PCOS. Some people with PCOS choose to pursue this, but others want to find ways to live well without a focus on weight loss. This may stem from involvement in fat acceptance communities, previous experience with chronic dieting or other eating disorders, or simple disinterest in weight monitoring. This community is for people who are interested in discussion of PCOS from a "Health at Every Size" perspective. Like other PCOS communities, fertility may be one topic discussed, but it is not the only or most important topic here. Healthcare experiences, appearance-related matters, and other topics are also quite welcome. This is a size positive place, so endorsing weight loss plans or otherwise implying that fat people should lose weight is not acceptable here.
Members may want to check out the following resources to learn more about PCOS and HAES: