Pregnancy and Obesity

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pregnancy and obesity.

How common is obesity?

Dr. McKenna discusses the prevalence of obesity. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How common is obesity?

It's very common. About 31% of reproductive age women are obese, meaning their BMI is greater than 30. If you look at overweight with a BMI greater than 25, 58%, almost two thirds of reproductive age women are considered to be overweight. This is increasing in the past two decades. That number has gone up by about a third.

 

It's very common. About 31 percent of reproductive age women are obese, meaning their BMI is greater than 30. If you look at people who are overweight with a BMI greater than 25, 58 percent or almost two thirds of reproductive age women are considered to be overweight. That number has gone up by about a third in the past two decades.

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Source: David McKenna, MD, Perinatal Partners