Obesity , 1st Edition

A ticking time bomb for reproductive health

Obesity , 1st Edition,Tahir Mahmood,Sabaratnam Arulkumaran,ISBN9780124160453

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Obesity poses specific risks in fertility and pregnancy, and this book provides specialist knowledge to consider and respond to the many issues encountered treating obese patients in reproductive issues.

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Key Features

  • Comprehensive examination of fertility issues arising from male and female obesity
  • Clinical knowledge and expertise given to the subjects
  • In-depth examination through 47 chapters of a growing, but often overlooked, issue in fertility and pregnancy


Obesity is a continuing issue around the world and in many contexts. The growing number of obese people is an increasing concern for those in the medical profession, and obesity can pose specific challenges in relation to fertility and pregnancy. Patients who are obese require specific considerations and knowledge. Bringing together experts from a variety of specialties to examine the issues and challenges of obesity, this book discusses how obesity affects fertility, reproduction, and pregnancy. Beginning with an exploration of the epidemiology of obesity, further chapters focus on specific issues related to obesity and both male and female reproduction, the complications of obesity during pregnancy and labour, and the long term effects of obesity. This is the most comprehensive resource to examine the topic of obesity and reproductive issues, making it invaluable for medical students, professionals, and researchers in public policy and medicine.


This book would be of interest to researchers in obesity and fertility as well as gynecologists, anaesthetists, family doctors and healthcare planners.

Tahir Mahmood


Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy; Chair, HMB National Audit Project, Office of Research and Clinical Audit, Lindsay Stewart R&D Centre at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London, UK

Sabaratnam Arulkumaran


Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Academic Head, Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, St George’s University Medical School, London, UK

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Obesity , 1st Edition

1. Foreword

Section 1- Epidemiology

2. Worldwide epidemic of obesity

  Rohana Haththotuwa and Upul Senarath

3. Social and ethnic determinants of obesity

  Chu Lim and Omar Thanoon

4. The molecular and endocrine basis of obesity

  Adnan Hasan

5. The psychological basis of obesity

  Zsolt Demetrovics and Alexander Baldacchino

6. Long term health consequence of adolescent obesity

  Mourad Seif

Section 2 - Obesity and Reproduction

7. Obesity and contraception

  Sujeetha Damodaran

8. Obesity and sexual health

  Sharon Cameron

9. Obesity, PCO and infertility

  Ioannis E. Messinis

10. Obesity and recurrent miscarriages

  Siobhan Quenby and Harish Malappa Bhandari

11. Obesity and assisted reproduction

  Mark Hamilton

Section 3 - Obesity and Male Reproduction

12. Obesity and male sexual dysfunction

  Darius Paduch

13. Sperm quality and Assisted reproduction

  Vanessa Kay

14. Role of Bariatric surgery in Male Obesity to enhance fertility

  Richard A. Anderson

Section 4 - Pregnancy and Obesity

15. Maternal Obesity and Developmental Programming

  Mark A. Hanson

16. Fetal health assessment in obese women

  Fionnuala McAuliffe and Jennifer M. Walsh

17. Obesity and prolonged pregnancy

  Siobhan Quenby and Mani Malarselvi

18. Obesity and deep venous thrombosis

  Andrew Thomson and Joanne Ellison

19. The genesis of pre-eclampsia in super obese women

  Fiona Broughton-Pipkin

20. Obesity, insulin resistance and placental dysfunction - fetal growth

  Justin Konje

Section 5 - Obesity and Gestational Diabetes

21. Screening for Gestational Diabetes

  Peter Hornnes

22. Obesity and metabolic disorders during Pregnancy and pregnancy outcome

  Gerry Visser

23. Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome of Pregnancy and Role of Metformin

  Hassan Shehata

24. Metabolic Syndrome of Obesity and Management of Gestational Obesity

  Shahzya Huda

Section 6 - Obesity and Labour

25. Induction of labour in obese women

  Fiona Denison and Carolyn Chiswick

26. Challenges of intrapartum care in obese women

  Boon H. Lim

27. Role of midwife during pregnancy, labour and post partum

  Yana Richens and Mani Malarselvi

28. Anaesthetic issues during labour

  Alistair Lee

29. Maternal obesity and the risk of stillbirth

  Siladitya Bhattacharya

30. Obesity, Diabetes, placental pathology and foetal malformations

  Margaret J. Evans

31. Postnatal care for the recently delivered obese women

  Debra Bick

Section 7 - Interventions to improve care of women during pregnancy

32. Anti-obesity drugs for obese women planning pregnancy

  Pak Chung Ho

33. Anti-obesity surgery for obese women planning pregnancy

  Surujpal Teelucksingh

34. Evidence based approach to manage obese pregnant women

  Khalid Khan and Shakila Thangaratinam

35. Multimodal approach to reducing obesity-related maternal morbidity and mortality

  Leroy Edozien

36. Developing standards of care for obese women during pregnancy

  David Churchill

Section 8 - Long term impact of obesity

37. Maternal obesity - the road to diabetes and cardiovascular risk

  Ioannis Ioannidis

38. Obesity and female malignancies

  Mohamed K. Mehasseb

39. Obesity and menstrual functions

  Hilary Critchley

40. HRT prescribing for obese women

  Nick Panay and Kate Maclaran

41. Incontinence and prolapse in the obese woman

  Douglas G. Tincello

42. Laparoscopic surgery in obese women

  Sanjay Vyas and Christy Burden

Section 9 - The future research and health service planning

43. Quality of life among obese patients

  Rhona McInness

44. Understanding eating behaviour and lifestyle issues on women’s health

  Annie S. Anderson

45. Planning for the future: delivering Maternity Services in 2035

  Tim Draycott

46. Providing infertility services for obese women

  Abha Maheshwari

47. Summary of recommendations

  Tahir Mahmood and Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

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