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14-25% of women who give birth are at least 11 pounds heavier one year after delivery
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 2:07 pm Email this article
"For many women, returning to prepregnancy weight is a challenge. Approximately 14–25% of women are at least [11 pounds] heavier one year after delivery," notes a study from researchers at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Identified risk factors include higher pre-pregnancy weight, more weight gained during pregnancy, being black, giving birth to their first child, and behaviors including lack of sleep, low physical activity, high trans fat intake, and frequent television viewing the study notes.
Herring S, Rich-Edwards JW, Oken E, Rifas-Shiman SL, Kleinman K, Gillman M. Association of postpartum depression with weight retention 1 year after childbirth. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008 Jun, 16(6):1296-301.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Sharon J. Herring
Obesity Prevention Program
Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention
Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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