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Obstet Gynecol Surv. 2006 Nov;61(11):742-8.

Assessment and management of obesity.

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  • 1Department of Research, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Washington, DC 20024, USA.


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.


Obstetricians & Gynecologists, Family Physicians.


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.

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