Population attributable fractions of perinatal outcomes for nulliparous women associated with overweight and obesity, 1990–2014

Jodie Bailie, Jacqueline A Boyle and Ross S Bailie
Med J Aust 2018; 208 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja18.00263
Published online: 18 June 2018

We congratulate Cheney and colleagues1 for throwing light on the contributions of overweight and obesity on adverse birth outcomes by analysing data from a teaching hospital in central Sydney.1 Around 16% of the women presenting between 2010 and 2014 were overweight, while 7% were obese. Furthermore, despite obesity being an important risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcomes, their study showed a lack of recording of body mass index (BMI) in patients’ records.

  • Jodie Bailie1,2
  • Jacqueline A Boyle3
  • Ross S Bailie1

  • 1 University Centre for Rural Health, Lismore, NSW
  • 2 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
  • 3 Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC



The National Health and Medical Research Council funded the Centre of Research Excellence in Integrated Quality Improvement (Grant ID #1078927). We thank the founding members and new partners and collaborators of the Centre of Research Excellence in Integrated Quality Improvement in Indigenous Primary Health Care for their support, enthusiasm and commitment in the preparation of this manuscript.

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