Effect of Pre Pregnancy Body Mass Index on Maternal and Birth Outcomes
Obesity in the United States and worldwide has grown to epidemic proportions. The latest data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1999-2004) indicate that among non pregnant women of age 20 to 39 years, approximately 25 per cent are overweight and 28 per cent are obese, of whom 6 percent are considered extremely obese (BMI≥40). Among adolescent girls, 12 to 19 years old, approximately 30per cent are at or above the 85th percentile of BMl-for-age and 16.4per cent are considered obese.
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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