About the Author


Anna Maria Siega-Riz, Phd, RD

Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, RD is an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Siega-Riz serves as the Program Leader for the Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Program in the Department of Epidemiology. Her research focuses on maternal nutritional status, including maternal obesity and gestational weight gain and their effects on birth outcomes and early childhood obesity. Dr. Siega-Riz has served on multiple committees for the Institute of Medicine, examining the topics from the women, infants, and children food packages to standards for systematic reviews in health care. Currently, she serves on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and on the advisory council of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Ushma Mehta, PhD, MPH

Ushma Mehta, PhD, MPH, is a consultant in the field of maternal and child health. Her research expertise is in the perinatal period examining the effects of maternal obesity on mental health during pregnancy and on infant feeding outcomes. Her experience in epidemiologic studies ranges from data collection to analysis and includes assessment of diet and physical activity. Dr. Mehta earned an MPH degree in International Family and Child Health from the University of Arizona and a PhD degree in Nutrition Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Russell R. Snyder, MD

Associate Editor
Anne E. Burke, MD

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