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Assessment and Management of Obesity

Gray, Angela D. BS; Power, Michael L. PhD*; Zinberg, Stanley MD, MS, FACOG; Schulkin, Jay PhD

Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey: November 2006 - Volume 61 - Issue 11 - p 742-748
doi: 10.1097/01.ogx.0000243759.99083.d1

Obesity is a serious medical condition that significantly impacts the health of pregnant and nonpregnant women. Although obstetrician–gynecologists have reported that they are knowledgeable of the health risks associated with obesity, they have also reported that their knowledge of weight assessment and management is inadequate. The purpose of this article is to review the proper procedures for assessing and managing obesity. By properly assessing obesity and constructing individualized weight management plans for those affected, obstetrician–gynecologists can help reduce the prevalence of obesity in women of childbearing ages.

Target Audience: Obstetricians & Gynecologists, Family Physicians

Learning Objectives: After completion of this article, the reader should be able to explain the impact of obesity on the health of nonpregnant and pregnant women, summarize the methods of distinguishing overweight from obesity, and recall the proper weight management programs for and assessments of obesity in women.

*Research Associate and †Director, Department of Research, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Washington, DC; ‡Vice President, Division of Practice Activities, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Washington, DC; and §Graduate Student, Department of Psychology, The American University, Washington, DC

Chief Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series of continuing education activities in this Journal through which a total of 36 AMA/PRA category 1 credits™ can be earned in 2006. Instructions for how CME credits can be earned appear on the last page of the Table of Contents.

The authors have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with or interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.

Lippincott Continuing Medical Education Institute, Inc. has identified and resolved all faculty conflicts of interest regarding this educational activity.

This research was supported by grant no. 00105 from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Bethesda, MD.

Reprint requests to: Jay Schulkin, PhD, Director of Research, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 409 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024. E-mail:

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