AbbreviationsBMIbody mass indexCIconfidence intervalSEstandard errorKey messagesSelf‐reported weight and height in women of reproductive age is a measure that closely estimates the real values and can be used as proxy both in clinical and research evaluations related to reproductive health.IntroductionBody mass index (BMI) is a simple and useful indicator to classify individuals as healthy or at risk according to their weight and height . Traditional anthropometric measures such as weight and BMI are often used in epidemiological studies to assess changes in population health and nutritional status . Regarding women's health, BMI prior to pregnancy requires strict attention as it can be a risk factor not only for women but also for future generations . Because of this, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) emphasizes the need to control preconceptional bodyweight and BMI to prevent abnormal values that can impact significantly on maternal and neonatal health outcomes .Anthropometric measures are often gathered through self‐administered questionnaires. This data collection method has the advantages of being quick, easy to administer and cost‐effective when working with large samples or when individuals are spread over large areas . In research, the self‐report of height or weight is widely used in descriptive studies
Acta Obstetricia Et Gynecologica Scandinavica – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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