Obesity and Reproductive Function

Emily S. Jungheim, Jennifer L. Travieso, Kenneth R. Carson, Kelle H. Moley

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Abstract

Obesity is associated with multiple adverse reproductive outcomes, but the mechanisms involved are largely unknown. Obesity has been referred to as a "complex system," defined as a system of heterogeneous parts interacting in nonlinear ways to influence the behavior of the parts as a whole. Human reproduction is also a complex system; hence the difficulty in identifying the mechanisms linking obesity and adverse reproductive function. This review discusses the adverse reproductive outcomes associated with obesity and the mechanisms involved and concludes with a discussion of public health policy with respect to the treatment of infertility in obese women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479-493
Number of pages15
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

Keywords

  • Fertility
  • Obesity
  • Public health
  • Reproduction

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