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Proposal for a Health Education Programme: Impact Of Obesity In Pregnancy

Table of Contents



Client Group1

Aims and Objectives1

Midwifery perspective2

Literature Review3

Obesity Epidemic3

Definition of Overweight and Obesity3

Summer camp obesity programs4

Medical Aspects of Overweight5

Obesity and Motherhood6

Obesity and Pregnancy7

Obesity and Delivery8

Obesity and Mothering8

Mother Obesity and Childhood Obesity8


Research Design10

Data Sources11




The study seeks to critically explore the health education programme on the impact of obesity on women of childbearing age. This title was arrived at through a systematic approach of refining an initial research problem and developing it into a workable hypothesis and the use of a theoretical framework. Haber (1998) postulates that recognition of a research problem and subsequent development of research hypothesis and question are crucial steps in the research process. The literature review also aims to determine the evidence available and to fill any gaps in literature as well as suggest and recommend contributions for future practice.

Client Group

The client group for this study is based on the childbearing obese women.

Aims and Objectives

The purpose of the study encompasses the aims or goals the investigator is aspiring to achieve with the research, not the problem to the solved (Li. 2005, 98). The purpose of this study is to explore the midwifery perspective on maternal obesity and management strategies. The objectives are

To educate midwifery perception about obesity in pregnancy

To identify attitude of women/ feelings

To identify any barriers and difficulties experienced by health care professionals

To use the findings to re-highlight issues presented/ not addressed and develop recommendations for future practice.

In view of the above, the aim of this review is to explore the impact of maternal obesity on the childbearing women and their babies and management

Midwifery perspective

Obese pregnant women are a vulnerable group because obesity is highly visible. Caregivers tend to focus on providing care to obese patients somatically, but are additionally in need of knowledge about care from the woman's point of view.

Literature Review

Obesity Epidemic

Overweight and obesity have become key challenges for public health. Recent data show that 61% of adults in the Unites States are overweight (have a body mass index > 25, see the following definition) and 34% are obese (body mass index > 30, according to the Office of the Surgeon General, 2009). Canada and the United Kingdom show lower levels of obesity (about a quarter of adults are obese), but the long-term trend is similar and visible not only in developed but also developing countries: A growing number of children, youngsters, and adults are overweight. As a result of that trend, public communication on this issue has increased in the last years. Policymakers have coined the term obesity epidemic to label the associated challenge in a simple, illustrative, but at the same time also somewhat misleading way.

This entry starts with an elaborated and precise definition of the key terms overweight and obesity. Medical and economic aspects of the problem are described, and social constructivism and framing are presented as promising theoretical perspectives for a critical analysis of the obesity epidemic from a communication science ...
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