A simple community program has been shown to be effective in preventing excess weight gain commonly experienced by young mothers. The research, published online in the British Medical Journal has found that weight gain can be prevented with a program based on simple health messages, small changes to behaviour, and delivered conveniently in a community setting.

Health problems related to obesity are major issues in developed countries. Australia is the fourth biggest nation, with 60% of adults either overweight or obese.The World Health Organization recommends weight management initiatives to include efforts to try to prevent adults from gaining weight, even if they are in an acceptable weight range. Young women in Australia are now gaining weight at a faster rate than women in any other age, increasing their risk for weight-related illnesses.

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