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Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611


TOMAINO, Laura et al. Adherence to Mediterranean diet is not associated with birthweight - Results form a sample of Canarian pregnant women. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2020, vol.37, n.1, pp.86-92.  Epub June 08, 2020. ISSN 1699-5198.


the prevalence of overweight and obesity showed and increasing trend over the past few years. The burden of this epidemic represents a public health issue worldwide. Spain, and especially the Canary Islands, are not exempt. Pregnancy is a situation of weight gain, and the amount of such increase during gestation can affect the health status of both the mother and her baby. Thus, an optimal dietary style becomes of importance.


given the benefits of the Mediterranean diet (MD) on various health outcomes, we aimed to study the adherence to this dietary pattern in a sample of Canarian pregnant women, and to investigate its association with their newborn's weight.


adherence to MD as well as clinical history and anthropometrics were assessed in a sample of pregnant women followed at a Canarian hospital. Similarly, their newborn characteristics were studied.


our findings showed an overall low adherence to MD, with no association between this trend and birthweight.


in conclusion, specific tools should be tailored to the target population to assess adherence to MD, and further efforts should be made to promote a healthy eating pattern and lifestyle among the pregnant population.

Keywords : Overweight; Obesity; BMI; Pregnancy; Mediterranean diet; Newborn's health.

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