Women and Obesity

Tools & Resources to Help Patients Live Healthier Lives

Obesity in America impacts millions of people and their loved ones. It’s estimated more than 60 percent of U.S. adult women are overweight – and just over one-third of overweight adult women are obese. (Those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 to 29.9 are considered overweight. People with a BMI of 30 or more are considered obese.)

Please utilize these resources and tools to educate yourself, your staff and most importantly your patients about this national epidemic.  Additional materials will be regularly added to this web page. 


US Preventive Services Task Force urges doctors to screen for obesity

Click here for media coverage 

Did you Know?

The American Board of Obesity Medicine is offering
certification in Obesity Medicine – and
ACOG Fellows could be eligible
(ACOG is represented by Raul Artal, MD, FACOG).  

Click here for more information.

The OBesity Project: The Obesity Epidemic In OB/GYN
A collaboration of the ACOG Pennsylvania Section and ACOG District III

The OBesity Project: Individual topic content available
to download and share via grand rounds, etc. [PowerPoint Presentations]:



Committee Opinions

Challenges for Overweight and Obese Urban Women - Committee Opinion #470    

Exercise during Pregnancy & the Postpartum Period – Committee Opinion #267

Motivational interviewing: a tool for behavioral change – Committee Opinion #423 

Obesity in Pregnancy - Committee Opinion #549  


Practice Bulletins

Bariatric Surgery and Pregnancy – Practice Bulletin #105   


Green Journal Articles 

Association between Pre-pregnancy Obesity and the Risk of Cesarean Delivery (1997)

Effect of Pre-pregnancy Maternal Overweight and Obesity on Pregnancy Outcome (2011)

Increasing Maternal Obesity & Weight Gain During Pregnancy (2007)

Management of Obesity in Pregnancy (2007)

Maternal Obesity in Pregnancy (1981)

Obesity in Pregnancy: Risks and Outcome (1980)

Weight Gain Recommendations in Pregnancy and the Obesity Epidemic (2010)


Resource Guides/Toolkits 

Adolescents and Obesity 

Nutrition and Exercise Toolkit: A Physician’s Guide to Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle - ACOG District IX

Nutrition and Physical Activity to Address Overweight and Obesity   


Press Releases

City Dwelling Women Face Diet and Exercise Challenges      


Patient Education

Gestational Diabetes FAQ

Good Health before Pregnancy: Preconception Care FAQ

Nutrition during Pregnancy FAQ

Obesity & Pregnancy 
          English  |  Spanish

Weight Control:  Eating Right and Keeping Fit FAQ


Making Obstetrics and Maternity Safer (MOMS)

Did you Know?  Obesity  

Obesity and Maternal Health  




Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Overweight and Obesity

Diet, Weight Management and Obesity (Extensive list of resources)

F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012 - Trust for America's Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Healthy Weight: After Pregnancy - ACOG District IX

MLMIC Risk Management Tips – Safely Caring for Obese Patients in the Office Practice Setting

National Institutes of Health - Role of Environmental Chemicals in the Development of Diabetes and Obesity

Obesity: Complex But Conquerable - Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

Postpartum Visit Algorithm: Overweight/Obesity - ACOG District IX

The Role of Obesity in Cancer Survival and Recurrence: Workshop Summary


Articles of Interest

Obese Moms More Likely to Give Birth Extremely Prematurely - Journal Watch (2013)

Why we diet - Saguy, Abigail. Los Angeles Times | Opinion, 4 Jan. 2013. Web. 17 Jan. 2013.

Effects of interventions in pregnancy on maternal weight and obstetric outcomes: meta-analysis of randomised evidence - BMJ 2012;344:e2088

Gut Microbiome, Obesity, and Metabolic Dysfunction – the Journal of Clinical Investigation (2011)

Health professionals look inward to tackle obesity - The Baltimore Sun (2012)

Healthy Food in Health Care - Health Care Without Harm

Obesity and Severe Obesity Forecasts Through 2030 by Eric A. Finkelstein, PhD, MHA, et al. - American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2012)

Obesity Effects on Duration of Labor - Journal Watch

Obesity Epidemic by Ronald Uva, MD, FACOG – the Palladium Times (2010)

Obesity in Pregnancy by Ronald Uva, MD, FACOG – the Palladium Times (2009)

Obesity in Pregnancy Linked to Offspring's Language Scores by Bruce Jancin - Ob.Gyn.News (2012)

Physician’s Weight May Influence Obesity Diagnosis and Care - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2012)

Randomized trial of a behavioral intervention to prevent excessive gestational weight gain: the Fit for Delivery Study - The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2011)

Reproductive Health And The Industrialized Food System: A Point Of Intervention For Health Policy - Health Affairs

Reproductive Implications of Bariatric Surgery: Pre- and Postoperative Considerations for Extremely Obese Women of Childbearing Age by Ellen J. Landsberger, MD, MS, and Edith D. Gurewitsch, MD - Diabetes and Pregnancy (2007)

WABC News Report on Study: Breastfeeding may prevent obesity years after childbirth (2012)


Case Histories

36 year Hispanic Female by Ronald Uva, MD, FACOG


Videos and Podcasts

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Obesity

The University of California:  UCTV Prime: The Skinny on Obesity




American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC  20024-2188 | Mailing Address: PO Box 70620, Washington, DC 20024-9998