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Body Size (Weight)

Body size (weight) is considered an important physical health indicator as well as a factor impacting mental well-being. Weight issues in trans individuals may be preexistent or develop upon initiation of hormone therapies. Both total body weight and fat distribution can change as a result of hormone therapy. Both over- and underweight individuals can experience limited access to gender-affirming care, which ultimately may prevent people from the ability to transition fully. This entry discusses body weight in trans individuals, with special focus on the occurrence and nature of weight issues, as well as the effects on physical and mental health and the implications this may have regarding access to gender-affirming care.

Body size and, specifically, body weight issues are known to be prevalent in different subgroups ...

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