Forget fitting into smaller jeans—slimming down can save your life.
Obese women are twice as likely as normal-weight women to have a pelvic-floor disorder. The most common problem is urinary incontinence, according to researchers for the National Institutes of Health’s Pelvic Floor Disorders Network; other complications include fecal incontinence and pelvic-organ prolapse (when the uterus, bladder, small intestines or rectum sag into the vaginal area).
Make one change: Losing even 5 percent of your body weight can take pressure off the pelvic floor. You can also reduce your risk by eliminating caffeine, which can irritate your bladder, and by doing Kegel exercises.