Jessica Hevener

“With the use of UC Davis Library databases and resources, I developed a comprehensive discussion of the maternal obesity epidemic.”

—Jessica Hevener

Impact of Maternal Obesity on Maternal and Offspring Health

Research paper written for HDE117/Ent117: Longevity

Hevener’s literature review discusses the adverse health effects of maternal obesity on mothers and fetuses during pregnancy and later life. She identifies the connections between obesity and multiple health issues, including cardiovascular and respiratory disorders, diabetes and cancer. Hevener concludes with a call to action focused on obesity prevention, rather than individual weight loss during pregnancy.

In Her Own Words

Read Jessica’s reflective essay from her Lang Prize application.