STUDY FINDS OBESITY IN BLACK WOMEN MAY HINDER FERTILITY
According to the Black Women’s Health Study (conducted by Boston University), young black women who are obese or heavy through the hips were less likely to become pregnant:
Fecundity [the ability to reproduce] was significantly reduced in a dose-response fashion for women who were overweight, obese and very obese after adjustment for age, education, smoking history, alcohol intake, physical activity, parity, region, and waist-to-hip ratio.
A large waist-to-hip ratio, also was significantly associated with lower fecundity, with fecundity ratios less than 1 indicating reduced fecundity or longer time to pregnancy (TTP).
“Overall and central [obesity] are associated with reduced fecundability in black women,” Lauren Wise, Sc.D., said at the annual meeting of the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research.