Urge Doctors to Provide Accurate Advice to Overweight and Obese Women Who Are Pregnant

Target: Healthcare providers.

Goal: Tell doctors to provide the correct weight gain information to obese women.

The Penn State College of Medicine recently conducted a survey regarding weight gain advice given to pregnant women who are obese. The results of the study revealed that a majority of overweight women either received the wrong information, or no information at all, regarding the amount of weight they should gain while pregnant. While women who are already in their normal weight zone are suggested to gain 25 to 35 pounds, overweight and obese women are supposed to gain significantly less. Tell doctors to provide accurate weight gain information to all of their pregnant patients.

The sample size of this study was 12 obese women and 12 overweight women. All of them were asked about the advice given to them by their doctor during their first pregnancy. Nine of the women received no information at all from their healthcare provider about the amount of weight they should gain while pregnant. In fact, only two women reported being told the correct information. All of the rest were told to gain too many pounds for the weight bracket they were in.

While this survey was small, and more research may need to be completed, these results are alarming. Different people have different needs, and doctors should not be giving cookie-cutter answers to patients, especially when the health of a baby is also at stake.  Sign this petition and tell doctor’s to consider the individual needs of patients of all shapes and sizes.


Dear Healthcare Providers,

A new study from the Penn State College of Medicine reveals some startling figures about advice given to pregnant women. A survey of 24 overweight to obese women were asked about the information their doctor’s provided them about weight gain during pregnancy. Some of the women received no advice, while most were given incorrect information.

Any doctor or physician working with pregnant women should be well aware that different sized people need to gain different amounts of weight while they carry a child. While a woman at a normal weight may need to gain up to 35 pounds, an obese woman may need to gain as little as 15.

Although these results are not conclusive, and some doctor’s may be giving their patients the correct advice, light needs to be shined on this issue. If an already obese woman is told to gain too much weight, she and the baby could be faced with health complications. Please, take some time to review this information and present it accurately to your patients.


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