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RCOG statement on the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ Annual Weigh-In

News 28 April 2014

Today the Academy of Medical Royal College (AoMRC) publishes the UK’s Annual Weigh-In, a follow up from last year’s Measuring Up: the medical profession’s prescription for the nation’s obesity crisis report.

The Weigh-In rates progress on the 10 recommendations made in the first report published a year ago. Five of the ten recommendations made in Measuring Up are causing experts concern still and three recommendations have made significant process over the last year.

Recommendations still causing concern include progress on improving nutritional standards in schools, restricting junk food advertising and improving the built environment over the last year by integrating public health considerations into local environments and developments.

President of the RCOG, Dr David Richmond, said:

“We welcome this yearly update on the recommendations made back in February 2013.

“Obesity has a major impact on women’s health both in obstetrics and gynaecology. Obesity in pregnancy carries an increased risk of complications including venous thromboembolism (VTE), sepsis, gestational diabetes, hypertensive disorders and heart disease. It is also associated with other morbidities such as miscarriage, stillbirth and poor outcome during the induction of labour.

“Obesity also impacts on gynaecological health and some cancers are associated with it. It can also increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, digestive problems, urinary incontinence, pelvic floor disorders, endometrial polyps and fibroids.

“The RCOG therefore encourages women to adopt a healthy lifestyle and this approach should be taken throughout a woman’s life.

“We welcome some of the improvements that have been made to address the obesity rates but more needs to be done with the introduction of a pilot sugary drinks tax, more investment and raising awareness of the implications of obesity.”