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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0000000000000046
Contemporary Obesity and Lifestyle Issues in Women

Call to Action: Continuum of Care for Females of Reproductive Age to Prevent Obesity and Ensure Better Health Outcomes of Offspring Through Nutrition

ZIVE, MICHELLE M. MS, RD*; RHEE, KYUNG E. MD, MSc, MA

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Abstract

The health and nutritional status of women of reproductive age has tremendous impact on the health of future populations; therefore, special attention should be paid to promoting women’s health, especially a healthy weight at this critical time period. The purpose of the paper is to provide information on the nutritional needs of women at various stages of the reproductive age spectrum, including preconception/interconception and during pregnancy to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. The Socio-Ecological Model (SEM) is presented to help practitioners understand the importance of intervening where women of reproductive age live, work, and frequent.

© 2014, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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