Health Systems Research Seminar Series presents: ''Long-term Consequences of Maternal Obesity: Epidemiological Studies Based on the Danish National Birth Cohort''

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Ellen Aagaard Nohr, PhD

Midwifery Sciences
University of Southern Denmark/Odense University Hospital

Thursday, May 26, 2016
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Telfer School of Management
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170
55 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
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About the presentation

Globally, the number of women who are obese when they conceive has reached epidemic proportions and is expected to increase further in the future. In relation to childbearing, many women develop obesity, but long-term weight changes after pregnancy are poorly described and understood. Also, most of what we know about obesity-related diseases in women is based on cohorts of middle-aged women, but most pregnant women are still young adults. It is important to investigate how obesity affects their long-term health during the period they are expected to be both mothers and valuable members of the workforce.

In 1996-2004, detailed data were collected on 92,000 pregnant women and their children in The Danish National Birth Cohort to study their health in a life-course perspective. Recently, a follow-up has been completed, focusing on maternal health 12-15 years after childbirth. Several ongoing studies examine the interplay between maternal obesity, pregnancy-related weight changes and breastfeeding, and how it affects the long-term risk of cardiovascular disease, mental disorders and musculoskeletal conditions. This talk will sum up the literature on long-term consequences of maternal obesity, present results from ongoing studies and discuss clinical implications.

About the speaker

Ellen Aagaard Nohr has a long clinical background as a midwife followed by an academic carrier in reproductive epidemiology at Aarhus University, Denmark. She now holds a position as the first Danish professor in midwifery sciences at University of Southern Denmark/Odense University Hospital, Denmark. During the last 15 years, Ellen Aagaard Nohr has done extensive epidemiologic research in obesity and weight gain in pregnancy, studying the short- and long-term consequences for both mothers and children. Most of her research is based on the unique Danish National Birth Cohort, and based on these data, she contributed important epidemiological evidence to the IOM guidelines for gestational weight gain as she worked as a consultant for the IOM committee revising the recommendations in 2007-09. In 2013, she led a comprehensive follow-up on maternal health 12-15 years after childbirth in 50,000 mothers in the Danish National Birth Cohort, and she now chairs several research projects focusing on long term consequences of maternal obesity and pregnancy-related weight changes.

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