Pre-pregnancy and pregnancy predictors of obesity

Melzer, Katarina; Schutz, Yves (2010). Pre-pregnancy and pregnancy predictors of obesity International Journal of Obesity, 34(Suppl.), pp. 44-52. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/ijo.2010.239

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Obesity has progressively become a global epidemic that constitutes one of the biggest current health problems worldwide. Pregnancy is a risk factor for excessive weight gain. Factors that may predict development of obesity in later life mainly include gestational weight gain, pre-pregnancy nutritional status, age, parity and race. Change in lifestyle factors, such as eating habits, enrollment in physical activity, smoking and duration of lactation, in addition to the above factors, may also contribute to the development of obesity but are still not fully understood. Women who retain more body weight after pregnancy have, in general, larger pregnancy body weight gain, higher pre-pregnancy body mass index, marked weight changes in previous pregnancies, lactate slightly less and stop smoking during pregnancy to a larger extent. In addition, irregular eating habits and decreased leisure time activity after delivery influence postpartum weight retention. Taking into consideration the epidemic of obesity, with all its adverse long-term consequences, there is an increasing need to promote counseling before, during and after pregnancy on the role of diet and physical activity in reproductive health.

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Swiss Federal Institute of Sports Magglingen SFISM > EHSM - Leistungssport


Melzer, Katarina and
Schutz, Yves


0307-0565 (Print) 1476-5497 (Online)


Nature Publishing Group




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Pregnancy Predictors of obesity Weight gain BMI Physical activity




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