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Like many executive businesswomen, Bita Sistani is always on the go. Having clients and business partners located across the country and all over the world means that Sistani’s workday is hardly nine to five. The director of business development in the automotive products division at...

Work and finances are among the top stressors in the American Psychological Association's annual Stress in America survey....

Lisa Tealer no longer cringes when she encounters office furniture that won’t accommodate her size—she just asks for an armless chair if she needs one. When ordering lunch at the company cafeteria, she signs her ticket “Lisa, AKA Queen Diva,” a playful gesture that nonetheless makes a statement about how she sees herself. “It’s just a small thing,” she says, “but it’s my way of creating my own space.” As the diversity manager for a California biotechnology firm, Tealer has used her considerable talents to create a discrimination-free environment that does not penalize plus-size workers like herself. She knows that prejudice aimed at large employees—who are routinely abused, belittled, and held back because of their body size—is a national problem that has only recently been recognized. Last year, researchers at Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity declared that discrimination against plus-size individuals, especially women, is “as common as racial discrimination.”

Women are two to three times more likely to experience depression than men, the National Alliance on Mental Illness reports....

When Trudy’s husband was hit with depression, she was overwhelmed by it. All she knew was that her husband, age 45, was a different person....

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