AffiliationUCD School of Medicine and Medical Science, Coombe Women and Infants University, Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.
Body Mass Index
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CitationJ Obstet Gynaecol. 2009 Nov;29(8):686-9.
JournalJournal of obstetrics and gynaecology : the journal of the Institute of, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
AbstractThe issue of maternal obesity has become a major public health problem. Internationally, the diagnosis of obesity is based on body mass index (BMI) that is, weight in kg/height in m2. While epidemiological associations have been shown between different BMI categories and adverse clinical outcomes, there is also a growing realisation that BMI has significant limitations. In this review, we assess current methods to measure body fat and, in particular, their application in pregnant women.