The more overweight a woman becomes, the less fertile she will be, according to results of a Dutch study published in the journal Human Reproduction.
Researchers evaluated 3 000 women with fertility problems and found that every point increase in body mass index (BMI) among women with a BMI between 30 and 35 resulted in a 4 percent decrease in conception rates, compared to women with a BMI between 21 and 29, BBC News reports.
People with a BMI above 25 are considered overweight, while those with a BMI over 30 are defined as obese.
The study also found that severely obese women (a BMI greater than 35) were between 26 percent and 49 percent less likely to get pregnant than those with a BMI between 21 and 29, BBC News reported.
"Given the increased prevalence of obesity, this is a worrying finding," said study leader Dr Jan Willem van der Steeg. "We think women should be informed about their lower pregnancy chances due to their being overweight."
The researchers suggested that losing weight may increase the likelihood of conception without the need for fertility treatment, BBC News reported. – (HealthDayNews)
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