Obesity is associated with multiple adverse reproductive outcomes, but the mechanisms involved are largely unknown. Obesity has been referred to as a "complex system," defined as a system of heterogeneous parts interacting in nonlinear ways to influence the behavior of the parts as a whole. Human reproduction is also a complex system; hence the difficulty in identifying the mechanisms linking obesity and adverse reproductive function. This review discusses the adverse reproductive outcomes associated with obesity and the mechanisms involved and concludes with a discussion of public health policy with respect to the treatment of infertility in obese women.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - Dec 2012|
- Public health
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology