Maternal Obesity and Implications for Maternal and Child Health

Helen Skouteris, Briony Hill, Heidi Bergmeier, Ruth Walker, Siew Lim, Cate Bailey, Brian Jack, Cynthia Montanaro, Leanne M Redman, Eric A.P. Steegers, Judith M. Stephenson, Jo-Anna Baxter, Shakila Thangaratinam, Helena J Teede, Hildrun Sundseth, Jacqueline Boyle, Cheryce Harrison, Ana Luiza Vilela Borges, Laura Jorgensen

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaternal Health
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Perspectives, Challenges and Issues
EditorsJuan Sims
Place of PublicationHauppauge NY USA
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Number of pages60
ISBN (Electronic)9781536165296
ISBN (Print)9781536165289
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019

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