In the UK, approximately 20% of pregnant women are obese and 2% have very severe obesity (BMI) ≥40 kg/m2.
According to a recent study, attendance at a specialised antenatal clinic for obesity was associated with reduced rates of stillbirth and low birthweight. It was also associated with improved detection of gestational diabetes.
The improvement in clinical outcomes was associated with an...Read More
A major study has found that women who are obese when they conceive are more likely to have a baby with serious birth defects.
Risks of any major congenital malformation and several subgroups of organ specific malformations progressively increased with maternal overweight and increasing severity of obesity.
The study concluded that for women who are planning a pregnancy, efforts should be...Read More
A new study has found that globally more than 2 billion children and adults suffer from health problems related to being overweight or obese.
In 2015, of the 4 million deaths attributed to excess weight, nearly 40% occurred in people who had a body mass index that fell below the threshold considered ‘obese’.
According to authors of the paper in The New England Journal of Medicine, the findings...Read More
Following finding that 53% of health professionals have reported needing more training in obesity management, and 50% having requesed better tools to help patients understand obesity risks, the American Medical Association has approved a policy to offer training to health professionals for obesity prevention and management.
Medical students in the United States will now be trained to prevent,...Read More
Researchers from the University of Alabama have found that triponderal body mass index (TMI) may be more accurate than BMI in estimating body fat amongst adolescents. In a study published in JAMA Paediatrics the researchers found that during adolescent development, weight was not proportional to height squared, which is the calculation for BMI. By examining data from 2,285 children and...Read More
According to a large-scale study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society a child with obesity faces a four-fold increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes by the time they are 25 than their normal weight counterparts. The study examined data from 375 GP practices around the UK, using the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink. In total this amounted to 369,362 children between the...Read More
A team from Johns Hopkins University has found that increasing the percentage of elementary school children (ages 8-11) in the US who participate in 25 minutes of exercise three times a week from 32% to 50% could save $21.9 billion. This number is a combination of medical costs and lost wages over the course of a lifetime. They also reported that there would be a reduction in the amount of...Read More