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Motivational Determinants of Postpartum Lifestyle Behaviors, Weight Retention, and Metabolic Syndrome

The proposed study aims to identify affective influences on key lifestyle behaviors (healthy eating and objectively measured self-weighing and physical activity) associated with postpartum weight retention and cardiometabolic profile (e.g., metabolic syndrome). We propose a longitudinal study design within a theory-driven framework that leverages PETALS, an existing population-based cohort. The ultimate objectives of this research are to identify novel, modifiable targets for interventions to improve postpartum weight trajectory and cardiometabolic outcomes among diverse women at risk for cardiovascular health disparities.

Investigator: Ferrara, Assiamira

Funder: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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