Bearing obesity – psychological risk factors for excessive weight gain during pregnancy (Prof. Dr. Anette Kersting, completed)

The study examines psychological risk factors, which are closely associated with the development of obesity, and the risk factors’ impact on excessive weight gain during pregnancy. Traumatic life events, childhood neglect and maltreatment, and mental problems including eating disorders, impulsivity, and mental health problems (e. g. depression) are the examined risk factors for excessive weight gain during pregnancy.

Therefor 400 women during and after pregnancy are being tested. The study’s aim is to provide insights into the excessive weight gain during pregnancy. The study’s results are prerequisite for the development of therapeutic approaches for pregnant women with a high obesity risk.

Duration: 01.05.2015 – 31.10.2017


Description of research project

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Head of project

Prof. Dr. Anette Kersting

Member: internal board
Director Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine, University of Leipzig
Head of project

+49 341 97-18850

anette [dot] kersting [at] medizin [dot] uni-leipzig [dot] de