FIGURE G-58 Total expected quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) lost (Herring infant mortality estimates).

FIGURE G-58 Total expected quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) lost (Herring infant mortality estimates).

life-years per live birth varies from near zero for normal weight and under-weight women who experience adequate gestational weight gain to five or more for overweight and obese women who experience substantial gestational weight gain. These values suggest the scale of the public health problem associated with overweight women and excessive gestational weight gain—the average loss may be on the order of 5 to 10 percent of the total lifetime QALYs experienced per birth.

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