Maternal obesity is one of the greatest threats to advances made in recent decades to improve the health of mothers and their children. Women's health during the preconception and prenatal periods is a vital starting point of the health trajectories of future generations and hence should be a priority. Once obesity is established, isolated lifestyle treatment is intensive, inefficient and usually unsustainable. It is clearly not sufficient to focus only on treating established obesity - we must aim foremost to prevent it. In this Chapter, we move beyond discussing the implications of maternal obesity on maternal and child health and focus on why it is now imperative to consolidate and advance current evidence into practice and policy around prevention. We explore what is needed to translate findings from epidemiological, clinical trial, secondary research and evidence synthesis into evidence-based programs. We also explore the importance, enablers and barriers to implementation and scale of effective lifestyle health promotion programs targeting women well before pregnancy, during pregnancy and beyond to prevent and reduce the burden of maternal obesity. As global research leaders in Healthy lifestyle in Preconception, Pregnancy and Postpartum (HiPPP), forming the HiPPP Alliance, we share our research findings and vision for improving the health of all women of reproductive age, expectant mothers and their children.
|Title of host publication||Maternal Health|
|Subtitle of host publication||Global Perspectives, Challenges and Issues|
|Place of Publication||Hauppauge NY USA|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers|
|Number of pages||60|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2019|