Prepregnancy Obesity: Determinants, Consequences, and Solutions1-3

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Obesity among women of childbearing age is of paramount importance because of its association with multiple adverse health outcomes for the mother and fetus once a woman becomes pregnant. Obesity is more prevalent among women of lower socioeconomic status and of color who often times lack health insurance. This health disparity that exists within a framework of repeating cycle of risk emphasizes the urgency for accelerating the discovery of solutions for the obesity problem among women of childbearing age. Adv. Nutr. 3: 105-107, 2012.

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