Prepregnancy body mass and weight gain during pregnancy in India and sub-Saharan Africa.

@article{Coffey2015PrepregnancyBM,
  title={Prepregnancy body mass and weight gain during pregnancy in India and sub-Saharan Africa.},
  author={Diane Coffey},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2015},
  volume={112 11},
  pages={
          3302-7
        }
}
Despite being wealthier, Indian children are significantly shorter and smaller than African children. These differences begin very early in life, suggesting that they may in part reflect differences in maternal health. By applying reweighting estimation strategies to the Demographic and Health Surveys, this paper reports, to my knowledge, the first representative estimates of prepregnancy body mass index and weight gain during pregnancy for India and sub-Saharan Africa. I find that 42.2% of… CONTINUE READING

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