Obese women's reasons for not attending a weight management service during pregnancy

Ellinor K. Olander, Lou Atkinson

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    Evaluations of services targeting obese women's gestational weight gain often report low uptake. Thus it is important to elicit the reasons why obese pregnant women decline to participate in these services and to identify their barriers to participation. Sixteen obese pregnant and postnatal women were interviewed regarding their reasons for declining a group-based service targeting their gestational weight gain. All interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim and analyzed thematically. Both pragmatic and motivational barriers were identified. The most common practical reasons for not attending the service were its inconvenient location and time, and feeling unable to attend due to work commitments. Pregnancy-specific barriers included decreased mobility and feeling unwell. Motivational barriers included lack of interest and not wanting to focus on one's weight in pregnancy. These findings highlight issues that need to be taken into consideration when designing group-based weight management services for this population. Publisher statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Olander, E.K. and Atkinson, L. (2013) Obese women's reasons for not attending a weight management service during pregnancy. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, volume 92 (10): 1227-1230, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aogs.12195. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving'.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1227-1230
    JournalActa Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
    Volume92
    Issue number10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    Weights and Measures
    Pregnancy
    Weight Gain
    Pregnant Women
    Emotions
    Interviews
    Population

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    This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Olander, E.K. and Atkinson, L. (2013) Obese women's reasons for not attending a weight management service during pregnancy. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, volume 92 (10): 1227-1230, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aogs.12195. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving'.

    Keywords

    • interview
    • obesity
    • pregnancy
    • service uptake
    • weight management

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    Obese women's reasons for not attending a weight management service during pregnancy. / Olander, Ellinor K.; Atkinson, Lou.

    In: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, Vol. 92, No. 10, 2013, p. 1227-1230.

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