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[Correspondence] Tackling obesity: challenges ahead

As highlighted by William Dietz and colleagues1 in the recent Lancet Obesity Series, the obesity pandemic is no longer a problem only for the developed world, and clinical care for obese patients must be addressed. We are concerned that increasing obesity in women in developing countries might impact negatively on existing maternal health services in low-resource settings. Women with obesity have greater risk of pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, premature delivery, macrosomia, dystocia, post-partum haemorrhage, and miscarriage,2 and their babies are at a 62% increased risk of dying within 48 hours after birth compared with newborn babies of mothers without obesity.