Up to 25% of adults will have urinary or fecal incontinence in their lifetime.

Weight loss and exercise may prevent and ameliorate urinary and fecal incontinence.

Abdominal obesity may increase pressure on the bladder and bowels and increase incontinence.

Obese persons have a 60-70% higher risk.

Women have a higher risk of urinary and bowel incontinence due to pelvic injuries associated with childbirth.

Decreasing the use of episiotomies can decrease prevalence of incontinence in women.

An overactive bladder can often cause urinary incontinence.

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