Introduction: Obesity and Reproduction

Women bear the predominant burden of our obesogenic environment. Fertility specialists and obstetricians/ gynecologists have a unique opportunity to reduce that burden and its associated health care costs.
Introduction: Obesity and Reproduction

Volume 107, Issue 4, Pages 831–832


David R. Meldrum, M.D.


Women bear the predominant burden of our obesogenic environment, with a higher incidence of obesity than men, more impact on their fertility and success with treatment, and significant maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. In this series, the causes, consequences, and solutions regarding the obesity pandemic, the mechanisms of the effect of obesity on the female and male, the epigenetic consequences of male obesity, the marked effects on perinatal outcomes, and the effects of weight loss before conception and during pregnancy are explored. Lifestyle modifications, in particular a healthy diet and exercise during the 3–6 months before conception and during treatment, should result in better outcomes than requiring weight loss before fertility treatments. Such fundamental changes toward a healthier lifestyle will achieve steady and sustainable weight loss and long-term benefits for general health. The role of bariatric surgery before pregnancy requires careful consideration.

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