Importance of Weight Management in Women of Childbearing Age

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By: Mónica Mazariegos, ScD, Nutritional Epidemiologist, Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP) Center for the Prevention of Chronic Diseases (CIIPEC)

Developing effective strategies to prevent excessive weight gain in women of childbearing age before, during and after pregnancy is critical to preventing obesity-related maternal and newborn health complications…read more

Linking Maternal Height and Poor Birth Outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa

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By: Teertha Arora, Candidate for Masters in Public Health (Global Health), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

A paper recently published in PLOS ONE examines the association between maternal height and cesarean section as well as maternal height and neonatal mortality in 34 sub-Saharan African countries, a region facing numerous maternal and neonatal health challenges along with the smallest gains—even losses—in average adult height during the last century…read more