Obesity and nutrition in women throughout adulthood

Karen H Morin, Mary Ann Stark, Kimberly Searing
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN 2004, 33 (6): 823-32
Nutritional challenges are particularly relevant to women. Almost 62% of women are overweight; of these women, 33% are obese. The incidence of obesity is even greater in non-Hispanic Black and Mexican American women. Women who are overweight or obese experience a greater number of adverse health outcomes, including an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease and breast and colon cancer. Dietary patterns influence health outcomes, with a heart-healthy pattern having the most positive health outcomes. Health care providers should encourage women to consume a diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in total and saturated fats.

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