Summer Accelerated Research Project: Cebu Longitudinal Study Public Deposited

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  • August 28, 2021
  • Saratu Garba
    • Affiliation: Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • There is a constant concern that post-partum weight retention following pregnancy contributes to increased obesity prevalence in women. Yet, research surrounding net-weight-gain as it relates to periods of lactation and multiple births is still limited, especially in low- and middle- income countries. In addition, there are time-trends in overweight and obesity, with young generations in the Philippines experiencing more weight-gain at younger ages compared to their mothers. Obesity and weight-gain are serious issues linked to other chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, and others. In the Philippines the leading causes of death include cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. This summer research project aimed to examine: (1) how 20-year trends in weight-gain relate to pregnancy and lactation among women in a community-based study in Cebu, Philippines, (2) how the trends are affected by socioeconomic status and education levels; and (3) how the trends differ across 2 generations of mothers.
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