Maternal Obesity in Africa: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Journal Articles
Sectors:
Nutrition
Organization:
Journal of Public Health
Author:
Ojochenemi J. Onubi, Debbi Marais, Lorna Aucott, et al.
Regions:
Africa
Publication Dates:
October, 2015
Content Formats:
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This article, from the Journal of Public Health, investigates maternal obesity in Africa both quantitatively and qualitatively, looking at prevalence, socio-demographic associations, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and existing interventions as well as knowledge and attitudes of pregnant women and of healthcare providers towards maternal obesity. Results show that the prevalence of maternal obesity across Africa ranges from 6.5 to 50.7%, with older mothers and mothers with multiple children more likely to be obese. Obese mothers have increased risks of adverse labor, child, and maternal outcomes; non-obese mothers are more likely to have low- birthweight babies. The Authors suggest that culturally adaptable/sensitive interventions should be developed to address the problem, while monitoring to avoid undesired side effects.

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