ERIC Number: EJ944213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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Reference Count: 69
Postpartum Obesity: The Root Problem of Childhood Obesity?
Keen, Valencia Browning; Potts, Claudia Sealey
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2011 n1 2011
Remedying childhood obesity cannot take place without first identifying relevant issues commonly influencing gatekeepers of food for children as well as the role modeling for encouraging or discouraging daily activities. Children cannot drive to the store, form grocery lists or complete menu management tasks without adult assistance. Excessive weight gain during pregnancy leads to weight retention postpartum and often increases with each pregnancy. Maternal and postpartum obesity is associated with increased risk of developing gestational diabetes, metabolic syndrome, prenatal morbidity and increased risk of obesity in the offspring through adolescence which without intervention, leads to adulthood obesity. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) data, weight gain in excess of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) guidelines is common. CDC data has shown, between 1990-2005, gaining greater than 40# in all Body Mass Index (BMI) categories has increased between 15-20%. Considering insurance coverage for weight loss management is not promoted by all health care practitioners for all postpartum women and only a percentage of postpartum women choose to breastfeed which can enhance weight loss, strategies for recommending dietitian services to clinics, hospitals and communities for helping moms or gatekeepers lose weight will be shared.
Descriptors: Disease Control, Obesity, Body Composition, Females, Hospitals, Nutrition, Insurance, Pregnancy, Children, Birth, Mothers, Role Models, Physical Activities, Body Weight, Correlation, Risk, Clinics, Health Services, Dietetics
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